Monday, May 22, 2017

Slaegt/Domnus Mysterium/Van Records/2017 CD Review


  Slaegt  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Domnus  Mysterium"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  classic  metal  style  melodies  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  retro  and  modern  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  a  great  amount  of  NWOBHM  elements  can  be  heard  at  times.

  All   of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  traks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast   parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  pianos  on  a  later  track.

  Slaegt  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  traditional  and  classic  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  individaulism,  isolation  and  magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaegt  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Smell  Blood"  "The  Eye  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Remember  It's  A  Nightmare".  8  out  of  10.

Irae Satanail Interview

Irae Satanail – Interview.
1. For those that have never heard of before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well,  Irae Satanail is a Black Metal band from South America,  Colombia,  the city of Pasto -  Nariño exactly,  we have been playing in the underground since 2005,  telling dark and antichristian stories in our lyrics in Spanish, we think and support that the bands sign in its nattive language,  and we have been influenced by many bands from the South American and Colombian Cult,  but for this upcoming album may be some lyrics in English too. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We grew up listening all of those black metal bands from the 90’s with those dark and supreme well done melodies, fast drums,  and atmospheric passages that let you  in at the realm of shadows, the black metal of the 90s reflected something epic and special.

3. The band has been around since 2005 but the first full length, is not scheduled to be released until 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We were very young when start to play and It was an apprenticeship of several years  We record some songs with low quality and play live in many cities of our country with good support from black metal scene.  Now we have a solid spiritual philosophy at the left hand path,  and we have grown in all aspects.  We are ready to spread the flame now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I. S.  Start writing satanic and antichristian lyrics, now we walk The Left Hand Path,  and its occult doctrines to shift the  conscience to self divinity and illumination,  we  write about that experiences.

5. Originally the band was known as 'Sucor Benoth' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Irae Satanail'?
The evolution in the ideology of the band  and the need to have a unique and unrepeatable name make change it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
the show we share with Inquisition in Cali – Colombia were magnificent. Our shows are full of strength, really a discharge of energy and a tribute to the light carrier.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah,  we expect  a tour would be possible next to the release of our album at 2018

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If any label are interested can  contact us.  At the moment we have been auto sufficient.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Few black metal fans around the world know about I. S.  But this path is not made for crowds.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Life is about evolution,  we don't now what the future holds,  but we will be making our dark art till the end.
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?
As i said many South American  and Colombian bands were influenced our way,  also of course many of the Scandinavian scene too,  specially Swedish Black Metal. Nowadays are too many bands outside,  a few we listen are,  Ignis Haereticum,  Gexerott,  Dantalian,  Cabra Negra,  Azoth, from Colombia,  Morbosidad,  Yaocuicatl de Mexico,  Conceived By Hate from El Salvador,  Wisdom from Paraguay,  Patria from Brasil,  and worldwide,  Uada,  Nordjevel,  Bathushka,  Acrimonious,  Acherontas,  Inferno,  Nightbringer Etc..

12.How would you describe your views on 'Satanism' and 'Occultism'?
Our view of Occultism are routed to the destruction and creation of our own gods and demons from the abyss of our dead egos.

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

https://youtu.be/7UnmiBcj5sk

Vulpus Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re a blackened post-metal band from the northern city of Porto in Portugal! We’re four musicians (guitarist, drummer, bassist, vocalist), all from different academic backgrounds and who share musical tastes that can be completely opposite from each other. We formed in 2013, in early 2014 we released our first Demo that quickly sold out and we went on to do some shows between Portugal and Spain during that time. The formation of the band on the big picture stayed the same with some small changes that didn’t prove themselves fruitful and in 2016 we decided to enter the studio to release our first full length entitled ‘’Certitude’’!

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?
The demo is only that – a materialization of our roots as a band. We’ve re-recorded the best song for this album and dropped the other two. On the album our approach to black metal reflects our love for other music genres but we never forced anything onto the record, it flowed naturally. The most obvious influences are post-metal and drone/noise, which enhance the mood that’s present throughout the album, simultaneously giving space for contemplation and making the heavier parts stand out by contrast.

3. Your lyrics cover Existentialism and Anthropocentrism; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
As much as everyone likes to think of themselves as individuals, we exist in relation to the society we live in. Western culture tells us we are above all other species and can do whatever we please with our environment, and our religions typically tell us that either God or the Universe has a plan for us. However, looking at the world through that point of view is bound to cause distress as what we’ve been told and what we see from our own experience does not match. Our lyrics reflect that uneasiness but we don’t try to make it too personal, it’s a way of coping with a problem that has affected Mankind for ages and which becomes increasingly obvious as our knowledge, lifespan and quality of life improve. Hopefully, it will work in the same way for the listeners as well – we want to share that uneasiness, but it’s up to each person to decide what to do with it.

4. I know that the band name represents the archetypal concepts between the fox and wolf in mythological beliefs, how does this fit in with the musical style that you play?
On the broad musical spectrum of what we play we try to put into our songs both the fierceness of the wolf and the ‘’footprint’’ of the fox which is known for its stealthiness. Ideologically speaking it doesn’t deviate that far from it. The wolf may be fearless, but it relies on his wolfpack. It’s both a symbol of individual and collective strength.
The fox, on the other hand, has always been seen as a trickster who sided with pre-classical Divinities and conveyed particular messages onto mankind. Thus, the name Vulpus (Vulpes + Lupus) is a symbiosis of concepts, of stories, and of behaviors that describe us as a group.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Mood setting is very important for us. We respect our audience but there is very little interaction as we try to make the songs flow into one another. As we gained more experience we started to improvise and use noise and drone passages to tie everything together, which ultimately affected the album as well.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It will all depend on how the album is received. Nothing is planned so far, as we’re entering the season in which so many festivals happen that small shows are largely ignored. However, we won’t discard the possibility of touring in the future.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Pest Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
We’re very happy our music has struck a chord with such a reputable label, we share the same vision and it was very easy to come to an agreement regarding the release. They have a lot of bands that we admire so we take pride in seeing our name alongside them. Plus, we know that having Pest’s seal on ‘’Certitude’’ will for sure open some doors for us in the near future and at least give us more credibility in the genre.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Although some bands draw a line between traditional and post/atmospheric black metal, we believe our audience is diverse as we try to be eclectic as well – labeling ourselves as “blackened post metal” was a short and simple way of making that statement. We’re eager to see their reaction as soon as the album is released, but our single was very well received.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some songs left over that didn’t fit the mood of the album, so we might rework them for later use. We’re also interested in folk music – not the folk metal approach, but we are very impressed by what bands such as Wardruna are able to do, so we might write some non-black metal compositions as well if we feel we have something to say and aren’t simply copying other bands.

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?
We all listen to different styles and bands so any one of us would give you a different answer – from grindcore to stoner metal to electronics. However, all of us would surely mention Mayhem, Altar of Plagues, Neurosis and Amenra as bands that have had an impact in us as musicians.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Our interest in other arts and philosophy is also evident in the album cover art and lyrics. We all have different hobbies, but the passion for knowledge and discovery is common to all.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the support and your interest in our music as soon as we put it out there!

Acedia Mundi Interview

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

V : J and I have been playing together for almost 9 years. We had been involved in different death or black metal bands that remained studio projects since we were in high school. After a short break in our musical activities, we decided to reunite and create Acedia Mundi at the end of 2013 and after several demos in our former projects, we didn’t want to get through this step again and we began to put together directly a debut full-length album. Then W (bass) and G (drums) joined us in 2014. Following French bands we like such as Temple of Baal or Glorior Belli, we went to the Hybreed Studios and worked with Andrew Guillotin on the recording, mixing and mastering of our first release “Speculum Humanae Salvationis”.
2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording ?

V : We wanted to propose a music of  the 2010s. We are tired of these bands that sell you a “refreshing” and “uncompromising” extreme metal, while they sound like an uninspired patchwork of all that has been done in the 90s. Like others, we do have influences of course and it appears in our music, but we tried to bring out our own personality through dissonant arpeggios, crawling melodies and sharped and catchy riffs, as well as mixing black, death or thrash metal with some influences from rock. In addition to the fact that we like Andrew’s work for different kinds of bands (black, death or more modern metal), he managed to catch the sound we wanted: heavy, bold and harsh.
3.Your lyrics cover psychoanalysis and the writings of Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and the films of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, can you tell us a little bit more about these interests?

J. : Frankly speaking, those artists you are referring to are just a few instances of what we were really into when we wrote the lyrics. We are not a so-called “conceptual band” – a notion I don’t really like -  and even if we have our little obsessions which perfuse through the whole album, each song is completely singular. When we say that Bataille or Genet were inspiring for us, it just means that we had their works in our mind when we wrote the lyrics, and that we tried to catch a kind of emotion that we felt while reading their books, and what is true for them is also true for many others.

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

J. : “Acedia” means “disgust”, or “tiredness”, and “mundi” is the genitive form for “mundus”, the world. So it means “the disgust of the world, the tiredness of the world”. Grammatically, we can as well understand that the world is either the object or the subject of that feeling of disgust. Furthermore, the word “acedia” is used today to refer to a spiritual moment of doubt for a monk. But, between us, we would call the band “Acedia fucking Mundi”, which makes it a bit less old fashioned. Now that you’ve heard about it, it’s up to you to choose what you want to see behind this weird name. 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance ?

W.  The band has never played live. Way before the recording sessions of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis » we had claimed that Acedia Mundi would be primarily a studio project that wouldn’t get on stage until its second album. This decision was made because of the demands of members’ schedules. After a long process, the album is finally released thanks to Throats Productions (Mexico).

  Witnessing the concrete rise of our band, we could not resist the urge to take a step further and get the band on stage. This does raise some serious issues for us as we are a three-piece band and we need a drummer. G. is and will remain an honorary member of the band. She composed the drums that were later programmed on studio. Her participation in the album has been decisive. Now, we are looking for a competent and motivated drummer to work with, someone who understands the needs of our music.

  Being a studio project Acedia Mundi has never rehearsed together before nor after the recording of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis ». If J. and V. have indeed worked together to compose and record the album, the bass tracks were not done at the Hybreed Studios. I recorded them at Mannaz Records a few months later.

  As the songs weren’t composed with the thought of live shows, mastering them will be another challenge we’ll have to face. If we continue as a four-piece we’ll may have to make a few adjustments in terms of lyric placements.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future ?

W.  As a matter of fact, we do. Having played around fifty shows across France and Switzerland, I now know many venues and some promoters who would be interested in having us. Reaching other cities than Paris shouldn’t be too difficult.
7.The new album was released on 'Throats Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far ?

W. We are very happy about the deal we currently have with Throats Productions. We discovered the label when they produced Antilife’s debut album. I got curious about the reasons that lead an underground band from the north of France to sign with a label from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. That is why I thought I’d give it a try and sent an email to Edgar from Throats P.

  After a few emails I understood I had found what I wanted for the band : a deal based on trust with a down-to-earth label manager that would leave us a good amount of freedom and listen to our questions. For now, the CDs are still at the factory and we look forward to see the result of this collaboration.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal ?

W. I guess the fact that our album is on a shitload of torrent websites means people are digging our work. Aside from that we’re pretty thrilled about it all. I’m proud of our work. I know its strengths and weaknesses. Of course, it ain’t a perfect album, but it is a solid foundation and the number of individuals interested in our music grows by the day.

  Our aim is to shape an extreme form of music for this 2010 ending decade, instead of being another tedious counterfeit of the musical masterpieces from the past century. We waited a long time for this record to rise from the dark. Knowing that people around the world understand and feel the purpose of your work feels good. And if it doesn’t change the profound feeling we have about this record, it may shape the borders of that feeling.

  Recently someone asked us what vaginal speculums had to do with the concept of the album. It actually makes sense to ask that question. Seeing the titled of the album from a latinist’s point of view I hadn’t even thought about it. Speculum is a latin substantive that means mirror. Thus, Speculum Humanae Salvationis translates as The Mirror of Mankind’s Salvation. As this linguistic similitude between the two speculums matches the aesthetics of our album, the reflection of the mirror is now a bit more repugnant.

9. Is any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days ?

W. I have the reputation of being an underground whore. I’d say I’m far from being the dirtiest of them all but it is true that the parisian underground scene is incestuous. You get to see the same faces. Lately I’ve had the pleasure to do some gigs with my friends of Ave Tenebrae (Melodic Black Death Metal).

  Aside from Acedia Mundi I am seriously involved in Atavisma (Doom Death, Paris) as bass player. I’m in charge of promotion and booking, doing similar tasks as the ones I do for Acedia Mundi. The band will soon release its first EP entitled « On The Ruins Of A Fallen Empire » through the swedish label Blood Harvest. It’ll be a 7 inch vinyl. I also get some proposals from time to time and do some replacement if it doesn’t get in the way of my two main bands.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

V : At this time, what I can say to you is that we have already started composing some new materials for the next release. We don't know how it will sound, but it will be a little bit different, for sure. We want to keep that dissonant and punchy vibe, while increasing the punk/crust side of our music. The lyrics will be shorter too. This album will be more fitted for lives, more than “Speculum” which is pretty “opaque” and has a very complex atmosphere, really hard to faithfully transpose on stage. But for this first album, we accepted that challenge and I think the result will be interesting, and even more when we'll be ready to add some new stuffs in our setlist! 

J. : We already have two new songs, and a bunch of new riffs. Those songs are a bit shorter, probably catchier than what we did before. We also want to break free from the traditional models of the genre, especially in terms of imagery. I want something more modern, less cliché, more provocative. Blood, nails, crosses, religious bullshit, all that doesn’t make anybody uncomfortable anymore. I want to piss the tamed metalheads off with what they are still afraid of. The extreme metal scene is getting boring because it is so codified. Metalheads want to stay in their comfort zone, we want to break it. So, it’s of course far too early to be very specific, but I would say that the main idea is to bring punk back into extreme metal.
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?

J. : Madonna, of course, and the last Bethlehem.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

W. : Blood, anal sex and piss.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Written In Torment/Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Written  In  Torment  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Si   Vis  Pacem,  Para  Bellum"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  siund  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

    Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amouint  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  second  wave  infleunces  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  melodic vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  movie  samples  and  some  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  thrash  along  with  some  solos  that  have  a  technical  death  metal  edge  to  them.

  Written  In  Torment  creates  another  recording  that  brings  in  a  raw  style  of  occult  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  infleunces  from  other  genres  of  metal  to  take  their  sound  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Human  Suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Written  In  Torment  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metql,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spear  Of  Destiny"  "Worthless  Child  Race"  and  "Ouroboros,  Thou  Art  Levithan".  8  out  of  10.

Astarte/Doomed Dark Years/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Astarte  where  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  melodic  form  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Doomed  Dark  Years"  which  was  re-issued  by  2017  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Water  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long   and  epic  in  length.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  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  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album.  long

   Acoustic  guitars  can   be  hear briefly  as  the  album  progresses  while  one  track  also  bings  in  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  on  the  bonus  tracks  they  bring  in  a  rehearsal  version  of  Mayhem's  "Deathcrush"  along  with  a  couple  of  unreeased  instrumentals.

  On  this  recording  Astarte  had  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  than  later  releases  while  still  utizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  atmospheric  keyboars,  the  production  soounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,   Greek  Mythology  and  Fantasy  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding recording  from  Astarte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  90's  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voyage  Of  Eternal  Life"  "Doomed  Dark  Years"  and  "The  Rise  Of  Metropolis".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ancient/Trolltar/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 EP Re-Issue Review

  Ancient  are  a  band  from  Norway  that has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  played  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1995  ep  "Trolltar"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  In  certain  sections  of  the  recording  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Folk  elements  are  also  used  briefly  while  one  song  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  some  demo  and  live  tracks  as  bonus  tracks  which  also  display  a  more  rawer  style  for  the  bands  musical  approach.

  On  this  recording  Ancient  played  a  more r aw  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  which  was  a  lot  more  different  than  the  more  mainstream  symphonic  or  goth  approach  they  took  to  later  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  a mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  90's  era  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ew-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trolltaar"  "Eerily  Howling  Winds"  and  "The  Call  Of  the  Absu  Deep".  8/5  out  of  10.   

AnKou/L'Affaire des Vivants/2017 Single Review



This  is  a  review  of  another  track  from  AnKou  which  is  also  in  the  atmospheric  direction  of  pagan/black  metal  and  the  song  is  called  "L'Affaire  des  Vivants".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  Native  American  style  shamanistic  chanting  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitars  and  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  On  this  track  AnKou  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Iroquois  Native  American  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post/black  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  song.  8  out  of 10.

  https://ankou1.bandcamp.com/track/laffaire-des-vivants 

 

  

VIS/The Everburning Fire/2017 Demo Review


  VIS  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2017  demo  "The  Everburning  Fire".

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  demo  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  whispers  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling,

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  whispers  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,

  VIS  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  has  its  raw  and  melodic  moments  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and  death  metal  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  VIS  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forestwaltz"  and  "Slaves  To  The  Pagan  Fire".  8/5  out  of  10.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Infernal Angels/Catechon/Ad Noctem Funeriis/Italian Black Metal Assault/Adimere Records/2017 3 Way Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Infernal  Angels,  Catechon,  and  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  called  "Italian  Black  Metal  Assault"  which  was  released by  Adimere  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Infernal  Angels  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  drum  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals a re  mostly  in  the  deep  growling  style  along  with  a  few  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  do  a  cover  of  Boa's  "Spawn",  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Infernal  Angels  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Absum  Lucem".

  Next  up  is  Catechon  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  riffing  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  the  songs  also  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  whipping  samples  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Catechon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Succube".

  Next  up  is  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  a  band  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Whiskey  Funeral",  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  war,  Occultism  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMEDNED  TRACK  "Black  Legion".

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

     

american/Violate And Control/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review


  american  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Violate  And  Control"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  along  with  some  harsh  noises  start  off  the  album  and  the  drum  beats  also  add  in  elements  of  industrial  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  while  spoken  word  parts are  also  used  briefly  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  slower  sections  being  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  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  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  american  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge,  industrial  and  harsh  noise  mixture  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  american  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  industrial  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  Great  Faith"  "Bedsheet  Ossuary"  "Defeating  Ways"  and  "Paradise  Again".  8  out  of  10.

   

   

Malsumis/Spirit Decay/Lycaean Triune/2017 Cassette Review


  Malsumis  are  a  band  from  Alaska  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Spirit  Decay"  which  was  released on  cassette  by  Lycaean  Triune.

  A  very  heavy  yet  dark  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  Ukrainian  influences  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  atmospheric  style  synths  are  also  used  briefly.

  Malsumis  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  shows  an  influence  of  hate  Forest  and  Drudkh  in  the  vocal  approach  while  also  having  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mythology  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Malsumis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frostborn"  and  "Abyssal".  8  out  of  10.

Moonaadem Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
This project is a “next step” in my metal music career where I wish to focus on the ambient and atmospheric aspects of black metal music.

2.In June you have an album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I would say that the musical direction of this album is oriented towards an ambient sounding metal, mixed with black metal parts and traditional black metal vocals.

3.You were once a part of 'Black Folly', what was the decision to put an end to that project and start this new one?
Interesting question, well in the last days of “Black Folly” I had started mixing post-black metal elements in the music, I was growing very fond of the genre until, in my opinion, it took a bad turn. So I decided that it’s time to end this chapter and start a new one with a darker sound.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
Mainly the lyrical themes are about life, death grief and nature.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Moonaadem'?
‘Moonaadem’ is Arabic for ‘Non-existent’, one of the main reasons that made me start this project was that I decided that it’s time we rose above our personal struggles and made art about what is truly important which is the worthlessness of life.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians if they are available in the area where you live at?
Concerning the musical composition process and lyrics writing I would say that I would prefer to do it myself, so that I could always portrait a true image of ‘Moonaadem’ and keep spreading the same message, but I am open to having session musicians for playing my material live and also open for collaborating with other artists for other projects.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Basically this album will be released independently, but if a good record deal came along the way I might take it, nothing is sure.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient black metal?
I would say the feedback was rather positive, but I think we will truly know when the full album is released.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Well I have other projects than ‘Moonaadem’ I am also a film music composer for short movies and such, I see myself continuing my black metal project and advancing in film music composition in the future.

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?
Lately I have been listening to some traditional black metal, old Satyricon, old Taake…etc also listening to some depressive black metal, Nyktalgia, Lyrinx, Austere…etc  other than metal music ive been listening to some Mogwai and This will destroy you…etc . I think what has influenced this album what traditional black metal and ambient depressive music mainly.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Photographing Nature, animation movies and writing

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank you for this interview, and thank all the people that have supported the project so far.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Irae Satanail/2017 2 Song Promo Review


  Irae  Satanail  are  a  band  from  Colombia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  2017  promo  with  the  first  full length  to  be  released  in  2018.

  "Legiones  De  La  Noche"

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  song  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "Odio  Tortura  Y  Muerte".

  A  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length  before  adding  in  melodic  leads  and  riffs  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  also  keeping  the  old  school  tradition  of  the  previous  track  reviewed  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  evoking  a  very  raw  feeling.


  Irae  Satanail  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Left hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Irae  Satanail  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  I look  forward  to  hearing  a  full  length  once  it  is  released.  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Rienaus/Saatanalle/KVLT/2017 Full Length Review


  Rienaus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Saatanalle"  which  will  be  released  on  My  26th  by  KVLT.

  A  very  heavy  yet  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal s creams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  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  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  without  sounding  too  retro  and  there  is  also  a  brief  keyboard  instrumental  that gives  the  album  a  horror  movie  feeling  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Rienaus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  satanic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rienaus  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hanen  Armostaan"  "Valisoitto"  and  "Pimea  Hehku".  8  out  of  10.
   

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Heresiarch/Death Ordinance/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review


  Heresiarch  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Ordinance"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  bestial  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  war  metal feeling.


  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  some  Australian  and  Boss  Bay  influences  in  the  bands  musical style  while the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  chaotic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 
  Heresiarch  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  future  ravaged  by  30  years  of  war.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Heresiarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Consecrating  Fire"  "Ruination"    "lupine  Epoch"  and  "Desert  Of  Ash".  8  out  of  10.

   

Shadowflag/The Delusion Machine/2017 Full Length Review


  Shadowflag  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  poetic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their self  released  2017  album  "The  Delusion  Machine"  which will  be  released  in  June.

  Soundscpaes,  drones,  and  spoken  word samples  start  off  the album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  melody  in  the  solos  and  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  grim  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  A  lot  of t he  songs  mix  both  the  atmospheric and  heavy  parts  together  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  avant  garde  elements  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  experimental  feeling  along  with  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  as  well  as  some  doom  and  thrash  metal  influences  and  a  couple  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Shadowflag  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also  having  their  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowflag  are  a  very  great  sounding  poetic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beasts  That  Perish"  "Kingdom  Of  Zero"  and  "Singularity  45".  8  out  of  10.

Torc/Vzpominky Na Slunce/Murderous Music Production/2017 EP Review


  Torc  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  style  of  pagan  blackcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Vzpominky  Na Slunce"  which  was  released  by  Murderous  Production.

  A  very  heavy  hardcore  influenced  hardcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  that  are  also in the  same  genre  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  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,

   When  guitar  leads are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  clear  singing  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


  Torc  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  pagan/black  metal  and  hardcore  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  society  and  Celtic  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Torc  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  pagan/black  metal  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nakaza"  and  "Soumrak".  8  out  of  10.

Lucifer's Dungeon Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lucifer's Dungeon is band with a strong ideology. Against occupation by Christianity covered by good things but doing shit
...here they act so aggressively. A few tracks are dedicated to one person (The Forest, Destruction, My Eyes)
For nearly 8 years It was my solo project called Dark Cellar (2008 - 2014). In 2014, I met with Cerberus from First Martyr
and he joined me right after I explained the idea. The he introduced me to Iscariot and we started he practice and did few gigs together.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I think the audience should judge. But first and second (up-coming) albums sound differently.
I like clear sound of guitars so me and listeners can easily hear what I play and maybe figure out how to play it)))

3.Some of your tracks are all black metal while some are all dark ambient, how would you compare the 2 different styles?
Both are dark. Metal track were written in one circumstances, feelings and mood while ambient in others.
I think ambient is darker by its feeling or at least my feelings when I wrote it.

4.The band has been around since 2008 but waited till 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
As I said above, It was my solo project. I couldn't find proper musicians sharing same ideology. Well, there were some people tried to join me
but for them its just a having fun ones or twice a week. They didn't want anything more like touring and of course invest in it.
Finally I met with Cerberus and Iscariot from First Martyr. They have mostly the same view on things. Cerberus is a great man and drummer.

5.A lot of your lyrics leans towards the satanic and anti Christian side of things, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?
Hmm...Difficult to believe but I was in christian school for 1 year lol....Now seriously, Church did inquisition, forced people to accept  its religion by "sword and fire", they completely destroy russian history before 8-9th centuries, so why do I have to like it?
Same things happened in Northern countries...but at lease they still know their original gods and their stories, history and so on.
What about us?? Nothing. There are few folk stories for elementary school and a little bit about gods. Didn't we exist before 8th century?
We did and thanks to archeologists for research.
Talking from christian perspective, what have Satan done bad? He gave people consciousness, so we became homosapiens. Instead of being just another animal.
Well, we actually are but you all get the idea, I think. Anything bad happens its Satans work...WTF? Poor Satan in christianity. He just wanted the equality.
Same thing with politics.

6.Originally the band was called 'Dark Cellar', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lucifer's Dungeon'?
Dark Cellar is my soul. No one knows what's in there, Its dark. But Lucifer's Dungeon suites more to lyrical themes. but still there was cellar, now dungeon.

7.In the beginning the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
Spread the word by gigs. I love gigs. At the time of Dark Cellar, I played a bit with some cover band...We played Iron Maiden, for example.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The last one I think. In local rock club. Its the only place where you can listen metal bands live.
First few concerts Iscariot was a vocalist and bassist. But from last show I'm vocalist and a guitarist.
I liked that show because everything went great and we did it with DSBM band Akari (I love their material).
Their leader, KoNo, did vocal on Destruction in first
album. Now, he is about to join Lucifer's Dungeon as solo-guitarist.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We plan to set few gigs writhing state but welcome for invitations to other places. Call us and we will make you raise horns up!

10.The album was released on 'Grimm Distribution;, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They are simply great. Do their job well. Whatever they promised was done and on time. Im happy with this cooperation.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dark ambient?
We are not something sweet to be liked by everyone. Actually, I don't follow such info.
I just do my job and label does its own. But locally, I have a good feedback after concerts.

12.Where do you see the band heading into music
ally during the future?
Tours, fests, recording new albums (I write a lot).

13.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?
Influences, When I wrote the first song The Forest I didn't even know about Black Metal. My first inspiration in metal was Iron Maiden when I was 13. But then, a month after I wrote The Forest, a friend of mine showed me Satyricon. Then it was DarkThrone, Gorgoroth, Taake, Dark Funeral and so on. Later I was amazed by Moevot.
Now I listen mostly Arckanum (I have all his LP), Gorgoroth, Taake, Carpathian Forest.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just wish people to stop being fakes and followers. Be yourself. Open up your eyes.
Look for Knowledge and Freedom.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Varmia 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?
Slava! Well we are working to put together a promo tour in the fall. This is not an easy thing for the new name on the scene. However i's looking very promising at the moment. We started cooperation with Raven Music promotion booking agency. In general we're doing our best to play "Z mar twych" live as often as we can.

2.This year you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We were trying to achieve as organic sound as it was possible. I had this idea of recording in a village barn so it will be dirty production also. So basically what we did was that we found a proper barn in a silent and natural neighborhood somewhere in Warmia. It was near the forest and at the beautiful lake. We took some audio gear and set up a studio there. Then we recorded the whole thing playing live. It took about one week. I've mixed and mastered the recordings myself afterwards.

3.You refer to your music as 'Polish Root Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well I created it myself. I have a problem with labeling music and really don't see the point of it. But since the market laws require such divisions I came to conclusion that this music is not really a true black metal. It's not a straight folk or pagan music either. But it definitely was born from the fascination and deep love to our cultural heritage and an old school extreme metal. So there you have it. Roots from Poland.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics are in Polish and it will stay that way in the future. I sing a lot about connection (or lack of thereof) between mankind and primal forces of nature. I sing about death, hate, the past. I sing about a deep communion between oneself and the mother soil. Some of the lyrics are also about the clash of cultures that took place on our lands in general.

5.I know that the band name comes from a historical region in northern Poland, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
It does come from Warmia district name. They say it fits perfectly. It's a beautiful name to spread all around the world also.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage time is a spiritual experience. I wouldn't call it a ritual but it is something deeper than playing the notes only. I think our best gig so far was in our hometown Olsztyn on Szymon Czech and Doc Festival this year. But it's not really up to me to judge this. As for the performance itself we have a tree that we use as a mic stand, our regional shirts and a couple of "weird" traditional instruments. Piotr plays them and he has his own style of doing it. Raw I would say. Our shows are organic cause we don't use click track. We let the music flow through us and the audience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
As I mention earlier we're trying to work out a tour in the fall with Raven Music Promotion. If everything turns as we plan then we will bring "Z mar twych" to a couple of European countries.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very promising I must say. This music seems to speak to people. One thing I noticed that the audience appreciate the mixture with folk elements. They like that those elements are not overused or overwhelming. We tried hard to maintain this good proportions between black metal and traditional parts.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't want to reveal too much but I think that we will establish our own style even more in the future. Maybe a bit more diverse natural instruments, maybe heavier riffs. Maybe both.

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?
Lots of them. We like to listen to the old school stuff mostly. Extreme metal was really extreme back in the days in my opinion. We like classics like Emperor, Enslaved, Opeth, Vader (from our home town!), Darkthrone, etc. I also like listening to traditional music but it's not easy to find the good one. Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa is a good example of very good folk. We also enjoy classics like Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin and that kind of stuff. I think our main division of music is on one that's good and one that's bad. Our listening tastes exceed metal genre.
11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I view this as a cultural heritage mostly. Very important one though cause this was the foundation of who we are today. However there is something about the relation between man and nature that speaks to me. Some kind of communion but also distance, absence and sense abandonment... I think it's a very individual thing though. I will never tell people how they should live their lives. I'm only an artist.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yest, thank you all for supporting Varmia, we need that! Special thanks to Mark from Folkvangr Records for helping us out with promoting our music! Slava brothers!
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Deliverance Interview

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

Etienne : Pierre and I formed the band 4 or 5 years ago. I first met him when I recorded his previous band and thought he had a great voice, perfect for a bunch of songs I had in mind. I sent him a couple of songs, roughly recorded with my guitar and he loved it. That's how it all began.




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

Etienne : The songs on our first EP (Doomsday, please) are the very first songs we ever wrote and played together. These songs are the basis for our sound and personality. On our first full length (CHRST), we decided to go further : more heaviness, more ambient stuff, more black metal, more everything. We're really extremely happy and proud of how the record turned out.


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

Etienne : Pierre writes mostly about his views on religion and Christianity, as well as facing his own inner demons. And he has many ! He really digs far into his personal feelings and mind. He reads a lot of philosophy and literature, in which he finds great inspiration.


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

Etienne : There's no special meaning actually. I'm a huge fan of the cult movie Deliverance, that's all ! I always had the feeling that blackmetal and sludge would suite very well this movie...




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

Etienne : we have done only a few underground shows so far, so I would say that the last show we did with Hangman's Chair at Glazart in Paris was a really cool one. We are still working on the visual aspect of our stage performances, so right now our shows consist of us five playing together and giving it all for our music and the audience, without any special artifact. The idea is to have the listener spend a captivating musical journey with us. But we'll definitely keep on working the visual aspect of our shows in order to bring a special audio and visual experience


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

Etienne : Yes we do. We have a bunch of shows here and there in France right now. Hopefully we'll be touring elsewhere in Europe as soon as possible.


7.The new album was released through 'Deadlight Entertainment' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Etienne : Yes, we're really happy ! Alex is a devoted partner, and he really loves our music. He's a great help in having people discover Deliverance.


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

Etienne : It's been quite good actually. We had great reviews all over the world with our first EP, so we hope people will like CHRST even more.


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

Eteine : With CHRST, I think it's pretty clear what Deliverance is about. We'll continue digging in that direction, the quest for the heaviest, blackest, most melodic and bewitching song possible is a never-ending one...


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?

Etienne : A lot of bands had a tremendous impact on our music. From Darkthrone to Watain, Morbid Angel's heavy riffing, Cult of Luna, Neurosis... Swiss band Unfold is also a personal favourite and has influenced me quite a bit. Just to name a few.


11,What are some of your non musical interests?

Etienne : Food and wine, as every good french men, haha !


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

Etienne : Thanks for this interview, hope you'll like our record. Keep supporting your underground music scene.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Moonaadem/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Moonaadem  are  a  solo  project  from  Lebanon  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while t he  music  also  evokes  a  depressive  edge  at  times  as  well  as  mixing  the  ambient  elements  into  the  heavier  material  and  there  is  also  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   spoken  words  are also  used  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  later  track  introduces  clean  singing  onto t he  recording  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  while  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Moonaadem  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal t hat  is  more  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  while  also mixing  in  some  more  modern  and  post  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death,  grief  and  nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Moonaadem  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Multivers"  "Desillusion"  and  "Marche  Funebre Pour  La  Morte  De  La  Terre".  8  out  of  10. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Effess Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We formed in 2016, although we have known each other for a long time and had played together on and off since the 90s. The idea for the band didn't start seriously, we were just fucking around, making up names, titles and album covers. We kept playing with the idea and actually started composing music, and then the thing started getting serious, and kind of snowballed. Music is the only important side of Effess, we realized that we had something to say in music, so we put some work in it, and we like how it's going so far.
We all live in different countries but we come from the same small town in Italy. We also come from different musical backgrounds, but somehow we found a great musical alchemy between us. Mifra' is the one with most experience in the metal underground, having played (under other nicknames) with many bands and released several albums. I (U' ross) am more of an amateur, but they let me take the creative drive. Tubbett is the arcane glue that keeps the project from falling apart.

2.In April you had released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Mifra' and I used to play in metal bands in the 90s, especially black metal, so we were already familiar with this kind of music. We realized that black metal is the perfect score for the place we are from, Potenza, a small, sad, grey, cold town up in the mountains. We play what we know best: simple and aggressive guitar riffs, brutal blast beats, growls from hell, and no extra bullshit like keyboards, female vocals or sound effects. Just like the old times, plug in the amp, pump up the distortion and go to war. Occasionally we slow down a little and get atmospheric, but we try to not overdo in that direction.
As far as the production goes, all the credit goes to Mifra'. I recorded the guitar and bass tracks in France, with whatever equipment I could find (I actually had to borrow the guitar you hear on the EP), and send the recordings to him. Then he recorded the drums and the vocals in his studio and worked like crazy on the guitar sound. His long time experience in the metal scene paid off, I think he did a magnificent job and the sound is very cohesive, like one big instrument.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics of the songs in the EP Chiatro are pretty much all about aspects of our hometown Potenza and the life there. The EP's title itself refers to the cold temperature, a distinguishing feature of Potenza, despite being close to the Mediterranean sea. We sing about the catholic church, the boredom and despair of the local youth that has nothing to do besides drinking and doing drugs, and generic stories of demons coming from the grave and satanism. The local church is involved in the murder of a 16 year old in the 90s. The priest hid the corpse under the roof of the big central town church until id was discovered in 2010. All that time the people went to the mass with the dead body of the girl literally a few meters away, can you believe it? Now, this is lyrics writing themselves! And we don't take ourselves very seriously, as you can see from the lyrics of the first song, an occult hymn about sausage (which you must try, should you go to Basilicata, it's delicious).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Effess'?
"Effess" is a general-purpose interjection in the local dialect. Something like "fuck!" in English or "joder!" in Spanish.
Also, "U' ross" means "the red", "Mifra'" means "my brother" and "Tubbett" hints at anal sex.
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 haven't played any show as Effess yet. As a matter of fact, we never even rehearsed together! As much as we'd love to, there are thousands of kilometers between us, so playing together take a little more planning than usual. We keep going thanks to instant messaging, shared disk space, videoconference and most importantly, strict organization. However I think often about how we would do on a stage. We'd be very straight to the point: in, 30-60 minutes of blasting black metal, out. It's really just about the music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
See above, we have quite a few issues that prevents us from planning live sets at the moment. Never say never though, we could be lucky enough to find a couple of supporting musicians and give the live dimension a try.

7.On the ep you had done a Moonspell cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own versions of their songs?
It started as a joke, I wanted to see if I could fit the semi-serious lyrics I was writing into the metric of Alma Mater, a masterpiece and a song that's not that hard to play. It turned out better than I expected, so we decided to record it and include it in the EP. It's partly a tribute to a great band and partly a way of conveying a new message using a catchy tune.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, as I write we are sending out press kits and material to a number of underground metal labels of all sizes. We got in contact with a couple of labels who are interested and we are discussing details, but really we are just at the beginning of the process. We are in no rush, it's better to work out a good deal, even if it takes longer.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We just started promoting the EP, which is the first thing we put out as Effess. The first comments and reviews had been great, very uplifting! It's nice to see that a genre that has been around for over twenty years is alive and kicking. It's a bit sad that it's almost impossible to understand the lyrics for anybody who is from outside our linguistic and cultural framework, but, on the other hand, international fame was never part of the plan. For some reason we get a lot of love from Russia and Ukraine, which is great but a little puzzling to me. There must be some kind of deep connection between people who grew up in desolate areas, both economically and culturally speaking.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are already writing new music and lyrics, and working on new songs, so hopefully it won't take long. Without making promises, it is likely to expect a full-lengyh sometimes next years. We also learned a lot and refined our process of writing, arranging, recording, producing, communicating, and so on. This time we will try to at least record all the instruments in one country!

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?
I can only speak for myself here, and I'd go with the classics: Mayhem, Burzum, Marduk, Dark Funeral, some older stuff like Venom and Bathory, and even older like Pentagram and Black Sabbath. Panzer Division Marduk is an album I particularly like: 30-something minutes of blastbeat and aggressive riffing front to back. No frills, no added sugar, it's brilliant.
I listen to a lot of different stuff and change often while researching new music. Lately I found this new subgenre called "blackgaze", a kind of fusion between shoegaze (think My Bloody Valentine) and atmospheric black metal. There are french band like Alcest that make incredible music with these elements. Outside of metal, I have a thing for psychedelic heavy rock, 80s post punk and Oi!, classical piano music, noise, and a slew of other stuff. Also, lo-fi hip hop. I don't really like it but it puts my son to sleep so I'm getting used to it.

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
It's a lot of fun, and the girls who are into paganism are a lot likely to let you get to third base on the first date, that's proven. Religions are a waste of time at best, and powerful suppression tools at worst, so we don't endorse any of them. Paganism is relatively harmless though, so that's cool.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Heavy metal should not be overcomplicated or overly produced. In the wise words of Lemmy Kilmister: "it's only rock and roll, you know?". It's about expressing a point of view with music, and resonate with the hearer, nothing else matters. That's why you can hear noise and amp sounds in our recording, there is no point in edulcorating a music that was born as a reaction to society's oppression. Music and having fun take the precedence. And last but not least, thank you again for the interview.