Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ilemauzar Interview

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

We are from Singapore and we play black metal with a little element of death metal. We are formed in 1996 with members of now defunct bands. 

2.Recently the band released their first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demos you have released in the past?

The sound on the album… that’s a tough one. Basically, we are very inspired by bands like Behemoth, Dark Funeral, Belphegor and even bands like Naglfar. We have many mixed reviews for this album and some said we sound a little thrash. As for the old demo, Pit of Despair, that was probably more influenced by the Greek style black metal in the vein of old Rotting Christ and Varathron. So you can see probably feel how the styles differ between the 90s till now.

3.From 1998 to 2014 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

We did recorded a full length album in 1999 which was scheduled for released with the now defunct label, Dark Artz Releases. But the closure of the recording suite we were using caused us to loss all data done for the whole full length. No release and the band eventually split up in 2000 after 2 live shows supporting Chthonic (TW) and Sigh (JP). And that was during my (Bloodcurse) mandatory military service period. Right after I was done with the army, I decided to put the band back together but it wasn’t easy to get good musicians to commit. And we drifted for years till 2013. That’s the time we got a solid lineup to get things moving.   

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

Lyrical topics mainly involved with a little Goetic magic and anti-religion messages.

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

Ilemauzar is the name of a familiar of one of the witches during Matthew Hopkins (Witchfinder General) time. During the 1600s, Matthew Hopkins went around hunting for witches and many innocence died during that period as suspected witches. The cause of all these was because Christians think that they are heretics towards Christianity. It’s not really an inspiration as the name was given by one of our ex band member who used to play keyboard for the band before the Pit of Despair demo. And to honor that, we are continuing her legacy with the name. However, we might just write something on the next album regarding this old tale of the Witchfinder General. 


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

I guess the best show we ever played was in Surakarta, Indonesia. That was in February 2016. We were invited by our friends from the band Down for Life (Indo Metalcore). It was their annual celebration festival. There were about 15 bands playing. The crowd was totally awesome. About 2000 people. As for our stage performance, I really don’t know how to describe ourselves. You might wanna check out some of our Youtube videos.

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

We just did our “The Ascension Asia Tour 2016” between October and December 2016. As for future plans, we definitely will be looking at Northern China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. But we’ll see whatever comes up in the near future.

8.The album was released on Sepsis Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The boss of Sepsis Records is a good friend of mine. They are a great label to work with and they own a recording suite which has pretty top notch amps and equipment. However, after discussing with the boss, we decided to move on with Transcending Obscurity after the launch of The Ascension to look for more distro opportunities and to reach out to wider audience. 

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

It’s been pretty mixed. There are always good and bad feedbacks. There is no way a band will be able to please all their audience at 100%

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

I never really thought about this but let’s hope we can achieve an EU and US tour in the future and of course with our music going beyond our creativity.

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?

Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Belphegor & Naglfar.

I mainly listen to bands like the above mentioned plus I’m going backward nowadays and listen to old albums from bands like Emperor, Throne of Ahaz, Mork Gryning, Zyklon and also Lord Belial.


12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

My views are always open towards both Satanism and occult. I do enjoy reading up on topics and books related to all these but I am definitely not a practitioner. Knowledge is gold.

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

Thanks for the interview and sorry for taking so long to answer them because we were on tour. Keep the flames of metal burning! Horns up! \m/



Monday, February 27, 2017

Buioingola/Il Nuovo Mare/Sentinet Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review


  Buioingola  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  post  doom,  neocrust  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Il  Nuovo  Mare'  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Sentinent  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  darkwave  while  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  industrial  while  also  adding  growls  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  they  also  add  in  a touch  of  black  metal  while  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  while  also  mixing  in  influences  of  crust,  doom  and  sludge while  a  later  track  brings  in  ambient  style  synths  while  also  being  an  instrumental.

  Buioingola   creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  metal  mixture  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  more  crust  and  experimental  elements  to  take  their  style  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Buioingola   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Latenza"  and  "Silenzio".  8  out  of  10.  

  

   

Carpatus/Malus Ascendant/Black Lion Productions/2-17 CD Review


  Carpatus  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Malus  Ascendant" which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  elements  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  when guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  melodic  singing  and  chants.

  Carpatus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  mid  90's  tradition  along  with some  Swedish  and  Norwegian  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  desolation  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carpatus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cold  Autumn  Sunrise"  and  "From  A  Deadful  Past".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Temple Of Nihil Interview

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

Our music will tell about us much better. In a few words Temple of Nihil is a black metal band from Kaluga (Russia) that was formed in 2015 by two musicians who had a long experience in other bands. At this moment we have released EP «Soul Extremist» and working on a full length album.



2.In December you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We represent EP «Soul Extremist» as our first declaration. For it we chose the most expressive and not very intricate songs. So the EP sounds heavy, flamingly and aggressive. That’s what we wanted in the very beginning as a result of our work.



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

The lyrics are grim and figurative. It affects the themes of nihilism and obsession by evil. In many ways it is inspired by philosophy and texts of Nietzsche. There are anti-religious and misanthropic statements and images in our texts. Special place in lyrics of EP is dedicated to Lucifer as the image of first rebel and eternal antagonist.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temple Of Nihil'?

On a one hand it’s an ascertaining of nihilism as the basis of our life philosophy, world view and our main inspiration. We define nihilism as perception and understanding of a failure of all kinds of idealism whether it is religious, political or humanitarian; it is understanding of objective inanity of any life and denial of all absolute categories. On the other hand, there is some satire in this name, because for us all religions, cults and every object of worship is fiction. So every temple in the world is a temple of nihil, because «Nihil» it is absence and void.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We are looking for musicians to play live shows. But we will be always the only leaders of the band, and all necessary decisions about the band and its music we will make as a duo.



6.The ep was released through both 'Symbol Of Domination' and 'Narcoleptica Productions', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

Yes, it is very nice. Hope to work with them in future.



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

In general we are satisfied with the reaction. We have received good reviews on EP from web-zines and ordinary bm fans from all over the world. It is a good start.



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

Now we have a stuff for the LP and it is ready for recording on 90%. During this spring we are planning to make a record. So I hope it will be out this year. On LP there will be more space to express ourselves and it will be more deep and dark as in music so in lyrics. Also we have some experimental ideas which will be realized. You can check out it on LP.

 We have chosen the musical direction and will go on it as Temple of Nihil. But we will not stay at one place and our music will evolve with us.



9.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 listen to different music and it will be fairly to say that anything could inspire us and have influence on our music. But our aim is to create music in our unique sound. There is no reason and sense to copy the sound of other bands. Many young bands sound  like one of the famous bands and It is as funny as irritating.

 We are interested in different musical genres and black metal is about 30% of what we listen to. Our tastes spread wide out not only extreme metal but even rock music. There are no borders for interesting stuff and we don’t have any preconceptions about music genres. But in general it should be something dark, atmospheric and original. In black metal our favorites: Inquisition, Burzum, Behemoth, Peste Noire, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth… Besides there are many interesting bands on post soviet area such as: Sect, Stielas Storhett, Beyond the Grave, Pseudogod, Nocturnal Amentia, Balance Interruption, Drudkh etc.



10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

We don’t do any occult practices. As I said before we don’t have any object of worship. But Lucifer for us is a very strong cultural and philosophical image that reflects our world view and direction of our creation. For us black metal is Darkness and Evil incarnated in music. The process of performing it or even creating new music is like a ritual in which we contact inner and outer darkness and channeling it in a music form. For us there is no objective darkness or evil. It is all just human perception. But if we live and create in space of human culture we should use images and concepts which will be understandable.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There many. Different kinds of art, politics, history, science, traveling, some extreme sports and other joys of life))



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

Thanks for the interview! Follow the news about Temple of Nihil and be ready to check out our full length album soon.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ROSK Interview

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

'We should play music to which people would want to hang themselves' - these words were said when we first decided to start a band. It happened in April 2014, after Amenra and Cult of Luna played their shows in Warsaw, Poland. The same words were repeated many times during long evenings spent in the basements of local Warsaw pubs, where ROSK was being created and shaped. The sole reason for starting this band was a need for creating music that we ourselves would enjoy, music that would stand no compromise and would be completely honest. It is dark. And quite sad.



2. So far you have released one ep and one full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

We are not really capable of describing the sound of the records. It had been such a long process with various inspirations crossing our way that the final outcome is just what it is. We started off inspired by post-metal music, but that is not what we would call it nowadays, it was more of an impulse. The aim was always to create a dense atmosphere, to go on a musical journey and to lose ourselves in the ritual.

What can be said about the two records, however, is that they already show a change of the sound. We had been working on the DEMO EP remotely, recording everything separately at homes, and meeting only to talk and discuss the themes and ideas. Three out of four tracks on our full-length album MIASMA are the same tracks that were on the demo, but with the influence of rehearsing and modifying them together with the full band. The music immediately started to evolve, mature and improve. The final track, over 20-minute-long Beneath the Light was almost entirely created while jamming in our rehearsal place.

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

The concept of the album is based on the theme of the Black Death. It follows the journey of a plague doctor, both the physical journey through the empty and dead world and the journey within his own mind. However, the lyrics are also filled with emotional, personal elements. We do not want to explain it in much detail and want to leave some space for private interpretation. It should be a personal journey for the listener as well.

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

The name should actually be spelled with capital letters: ROSK, and it has no meaning at all. We consider ROSK a being of its own and didn’t want the name to represent anything other than what the band is. It is always a struggle -  creating a band and choosing a word or a couple of words that will describe the band and its whole idea. We didn’t want this.

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

Our first show was an extraordinary experience, since it was the first opportunity to share our ritual with others. It took place in a club called Chmury (Clouds) in Warsaw  and the other bands - Gnoza and Cétieu - helped to create an exceptional atmosphere. We also really enjoyed our gigs as supporting acts for Djevel and for Obscure Sphinx.

When it comes to the stage performance, we really feel it as a ritual. The most important things are probably the unity and the atmosphere. On the one hand in the very beginning we decided to perform with visuals played behind us as a form of a setting for the performance. On the other hand we are definitely not keen on performing statically, if everything feels right we experience the freedom to break our fears and leave our comfort zones. Our vocalists prefer to be offstage, close to the audience (if it’s possible). It blurs the division between the performers and the spectators.

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

We are constantly looking for opportunities to play live. We already have a couple of shows in Poland scheduled for this spring, and there are definitely more to come. However, we can’t wait to start playing shows abroad as well. Hopefully it will happen this year.

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

We would very much appreciate the possibility of releasing our album on a vinyl or  on a cassette. Apart from that we are not very fond of losing any control over our music both in the rights and in the distribution. We are quite happy releasing it on our own.

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

The feedback has been surprisingly positive! We get messages from people all around the world saying that the music resonates with them. We did not see it coming and it feels great to know that someone, somewhere spent the time to listen to an unknown band from Poland and the music truly affected them in some way.

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

We don’t know and we have no way of planning that, really. We have MIASMA - the album which is a closed, complete concept. When the time comes, we will try to create something better and different in some way. We will use any means to make something that feels right and that we are happy with.

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?

There is six of us, so obviously there is a huge amount of different inspirations. Providing the names of the bands would be almost impossible, since while creating our music we never really focused on what it might resemble or be inspired by. Post- metal or black metal are the more obvious musical styles which influenced the sound on MIASMA, but so did ambient music or nordic folk music. And quite possibly everything that we ever heard in our lives. We never had a style or a genre in mind, we simply knew what we wanted to feel while playing our music.

If we were to mention what all of us are listening to nowadays, you would probably get almost the whole spectrum of music. But some of the common elements at this point would be Amenra, Cult of Luna, which affected us to create this band and definitely polish Furia.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

As with previous question the answer is pretty obvious - there is six of us. Each one has his own hobbies, interests and stuff he does in his free time and we try to keep it separate from the band. ROSK is strictly about music and art.

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

We would like to thank you very much for the interest in our music and for this interview. Take care!



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plagues/The Great Dark Devotion/2017 Cassette Review


  Plagues  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  great  Dark  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  chants and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion.

 You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  also  start  getting  deeper  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples.

  Plagues  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  sounding  more  modern  and  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  misanthropic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plagues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyss" "Hell"  and  "Devotion".  8  out  of  10.

Beorn's Hall/Mountain Hymns/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  band  from  New  Hampshire  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mountain  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht Productions.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  pagan  chanting  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  rain  and  thunder  sounds  are  added  onto the  recording  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  adding  in  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical   style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  also  return   on  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  clean  pagan  singing.

  Beorn's  Hall  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  with  a  touch  of  folk  while  also  having  a  raw  and  old  school  edge  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Foe  Of  The  Earth"  "The  Accused  Wind"  and  "Lord  Of  Silver  Fountains".  8  out  of  10.

Grima/Tales Of The Enchanted Woods/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Grima  are  a  duo from  the  Siberian  part  of  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  the  Enchanted  Woods"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  on  some  of t he  tracks.

  Melodic  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  using a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  acoustic  guitars  at  times  along  with  a copule  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  the  music  also  adds  in  progressive  rock  and  post  black  metal  touches  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  Cascadian  influences.

  Grima  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Moon  And  Its  Shadows"  "The  Ritual"  and  "The  Shephards  of  the  Mountains  And Plains".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Verwesung Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Verwesung is a black metal project that I founded in 2015. The only member is me, Paha Henki, although I sometimes get help by guest musicians. Even if this project basically is my second solo-BM-project (I already founded Todesnacht a year before), I had the visions for this project long before and so e.g. the lyrics of the first demo already got written in 2013 and I sadly just wasn't able to record them until late 2015.. But this project for sure is something like the center of my art, meaning that I got much more plans with it than with any other project I'm involved in and so spend the most of my time and energy into Verwesung...

2.In 2016 you had released 4 demos with this project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, it really depends. I got some recording problems at every demo and also each one got a different concept. The first demo was a nihilistic tribute to the norwegian necro sound of bands like the almighty Sort Vokter, the second demo more was a chaotic hate-filled massacre of raw black metal and was the most inspired from bands like early Absurd, Goatmoon and Satanic Warmaster..although I also experimented with some Noise elements and got a guest part by a Horrorcore rapper; the third demo is a story of vampyric suffering and also much influenced by Satanic Warmaster/The True Werwolf but even more through mighty LLN bands like Mütiilation; the fourth demo still is depressive vampyric black metal but this time I was more influenced by Saatkrähe/Sale Freux. And of course you can't play vampyric black metal without a obvious Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger-era) influence, haha!

3.You refer to this project as being 'raw vampyric black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in vampirism?
Blood is life, so consuming blood is a act of anti-life worship for me. Especially if it is human blood then it can be very misantrophic, I mean just think about how many Vampyres killed humans just to drink their blood. If this isn't a total act of misantrophic death worship then what is? Also, who could suffer more than someone who is condemned to live eternally?

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My hatred for mankind and religions & my interest in nature, nihilism, death and dark art. And all the suffering of my soul...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Verwesung'?
It's German for "putrefaction" and I guess this name just fitted the best to describe the sound of the style of black metal I play. Rotten, melancholic, raw, depressive,... With lyrics about death and similiar topics...

6.With your projects you release a lot of material, do you spend most of your time creating and writing music?
Yes. I think that, beside listening, I spend the most time with creating music and other forms of art.
7.With this project what are some of the things you are able to bring out musically that you have not been able to with your other musical projects?
I guess I have projects for every thing that goes with me in my life, haha..
Depression (Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Anger/Misantrophy (Teufelskopfstreitkolben, Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Vampirism/occultism (Per La Lumon, Verialttari)
Experiments with other genres (Kindstod, Enbilulugugal)
Verwesung just units it's all as my main-project.

8.PahaHenki Productions recently re-issued one of your demos on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
That is a wrong information. There is no label called "PahaHenkiProductions" (yet), that's just the name of my bandcamp page..so if any you could call it a netlabel. And all my demo tapes of this project got released by different labels yet, I only self-released the third demo as a CDr limited to 16 copies. The following other demos got released by this labels: Narcotic Necro Nihilism - Narbentage Produktionen
Crushing Thy Existence - Barbatos & Wulfrune Worxx
Tiefschwarze Todessucht - Wulfrune Worxx (also as CDr on Deadly Maelstrom Records)

9.How have black metal fans worldwide reacted to the musical style of 'Verwesung'?
Mostly positive if they are familiar with my influences and like them. Of course if you don't like rotten underground black metal and only listen to plastic commercial metal that is made by and for posers then you will hate Verwesung..and I welcome that!
I only produce art for myself and the very few true worshippers of darkness out there...

10.Where would you like to see this music hea1d into musically during the future?
It depends, the 2 upcoming splits will have the sound of my last 2 demos. The next, fifth, demo is finished to 33% and for now the sound is very fucked-up and the most similiar to the second demo..filled with more hatred than vampirim; but who knows how the finished release will look like, haha. Other planned upcoming releases are some EP's that could end up very different but I don't wanna reveal too much information to them now.

11.Are there any musical influences that are able able to bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with the other groups you are a part of?
Yes, I have or play in some other projects, but only with Verwesung I reach the rotten, vampyric, suffering, melancholic sound that I love so much. Last year I released a demo of my side-project Verialttari and that also has a very similiar sound but I did some experiments with the vocals, drums, etc and so even there the sound is different from Verwesung. I mean, even the sound of every of Verwesung's demos is different but I must say that it got better and more like I intended from release to release..so it just can get better in this way I guess and seriously hope with my whole ghoulish heart...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Visit my dungeon at pahahenkiproductions.bandcamp.com and await more stuff soon! Some splits are planned and also a fifth demo and a promo tape!
Also thank you for the interview and I hope I reached some rotten souls with it.
Hail DarkneSS! Hail Death! Hail Nihil!
-Paha Henki, MMXVII

Orm/Self Titled/Indisciplnarian/2017 CD Review


  Orm  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indisciplnarian.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody. 

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  are  also added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  are  also used  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  towards  the  end.

  Orm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  Magick,  Ancient  Times,  and  Supernatural  Creatures  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orm  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Your  Blood"  and  "Apotheosis".  8  out  of  10.

   

Gra/Ramsvarta Tankar/Carnal Records/2017 Single Review


  Gra  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Ramsvarta  Tankar"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  remains  very  true  to  a  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  percussion's  and  they  close  the  single  with  a  cover  of  Lord  Belial's  "Osculum  Obscenum".

  Gra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  the  darker  side  of  ancient  Scandinavian  Pagansim.

  In  my  opinion  Gra  are  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ramsvarta  Tankar".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Coldborn/Lingering Voidwards/Final Sacrifice Records/2016 CD Review


  Codborn  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Lingering  Voidwards"  which  was  released  by  Final  Sacrifice  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  both  the  heavier  and  melodic  sides  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with melodic  vocals  and  spoken word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Coldborn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  having  its  epic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coldborn  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  Call  Of  Death's  Clarion"  and  "Withered".  8  out  of  10. 

Animo Aeger 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?

After the recordings were done in December 2015 we immediately started working on new material or, putting it more precisely, on two rather different EPs, which will hopefully both be released within the next month.

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

For the "KotzeAdel"-Album we once again had decided to work together with Jan Oberg / Hidden Planet Studio, which explains the similarity of the "KotzeAdel" sound to the one presented on the "Fieber" EP.
Concerning the music itself, I would claim that it takes a rather different direction than everything we recorded before, especially when you compare it to the previous album "Storchenwahrheit,-wirklichkeit".
As you probably can see for yourself, there is a more furious aspect to the music, it's just not supposed to be as pleasant as before... sure, there still is a lot of sugar to it, melodic junk you know, but in general we've tried to emphasize the contempt and the disgust felt when writing the lyrics even more than on our earlier works.

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

Pus in all its dimensions. Roughly explained, the lyrics are dealing with being human and everything that is attached to this. There are a lot of negative feelings and thoughts which find their way onto these ragged note papers I hold in my shaky hands when writhing at the microphone. As mentioned before it's mostly scorn, disgust and pain... although there's no denying that there's also a bit of amusement about the seriousness of man when tackling the matter of life unthinkingly.

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

Well, when we founded the band the lyrical focus mainly has been put on this lunacy thing, on where to draw the line between illusion and so-called reality, the cosmos that's meant for everybody.
Due to this semi-philosophical approach, the term animo aeger is supposed to mean "mad" or "lunatic", albeit you may have doubts about the grammatical correctness.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you prefer working as a duo opposed to working with a full band?

Absolutely. After almost 15 years of playing and writing music together I can't imagine a more effective social combination in terms of creating music than Greis and me. There probably won't be a "full line-up" except maybe for live occasions, inshallah.

6.When the band still did live shows, what where some of the best shows that you played?

At that time, about 13-11 years ago, there hasn't been a single show where I wasn't too drunk to detect if I just shit my pants, so you probably imagine how low we set the bar of professionalism. We just were pretty lousy, yet devoted to this kind of spirit at that time.

7.The new album was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Without exaggerating, I can say that I've never been so content with any other label/band cooperation, which hasn't been on a more private level as for example with Eternal Rabies Kult.
When I first checked out the BHN homepage and read the header "Record label for unconventional underground art" I was already sure this would work out.
Of course this isn't a major label, which means there are limits to its financial capabilities, but so far we've gotten more support on every level than I would have dreamed of.

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

To be honest, I don't really know nor do I care enough to be whoring around on Facebook or any other platform that hasn't primarily to do with what the music is about. I assume there are a lot of fans of pure Black Metal who resent our music, especially the vocal style it incorporates, and I totally understand that. On the other hand, there may probably be some people who the depressive aspect of our music and this whole self-destructive urban narcotic thing appeals to.
I haven't gotten any more feedback than some reviews which often created the impression of having been written by people rather astounded by our musical variety... mostly positively.


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

There a plenty of other bands and projects which are developing just great but I don't find this the fitting context for bragging about stuff which ain't related to Animo Aeger.

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

No idea! As I said before, we are recording two new EPs, so right now I don't really care about what might come next. I'm definitely not expecting that we'll keep up this level of productivity after having finished the recordings. Both of us have a lot of business to attend outside of the AA-cosmos so there'll probably a longer time without new material.

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?

We are always compared to the same bands, such as Bethlehem, Dornenreich, Agrypnie, Goethes Erben and Grabnebelfürsten. In this list there's just one band who seriously have had an influence on what style we were keen to play back in 2003/2004 and if you have read some of the older interviews you know that I'm talking about Grabnebelfürsten.
At this time we have also been listening to lots of other stuff within the Black Metal genre but of course our musical horizon has expanded since then.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

No.

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

Nocrul Interview





1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Khrul: Noctis and me used to play in Hungary's most brutal and raw black metal band, Ater Tenebare, but we split up. Some years after we continued playing music together in a more melodic black metal band, Csejtey; split up as well. After this Noctis "retired" himself, but I stayed busy as always. Some years later I realized, however I'm still doing a lot of music, I miss to do something with him; something like in the old days, but on our way. After a non-gay romantic night, we created our own weapon in the end of 2012, as Nocrul. We entered into an other realm of darkness – the brutal world of Warhammer 40K, where chaos and dark gods rules. Nocrul's goal is to create simple and well arranged black metal songs, with dark melodies, smart drum fills, filled with atmospheric parts. Beyond this you can hear multiple influences, not only black metal. As a bonus, every of our releases contains a unique cover song, which is a cover indeed, not simply a copy as most bands do.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Khrul: I always do the very best, as my knowledge and financial circumstance let me to do so. My goal is to create a massive, epic and powerful sound, with good balances, with the taste of threatening black metal sound, but avoid being "true" - where the meaning of "true" is a weak, dry, lawnmower-like, non-dynamic, noisy, poor produced sound. I do respect my music, there is a lot of effort in it, so the sound/production must be as good as it is possible.

3. Your lyrics are based upon 'Warhammer 40k', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this role playing game?
Noctis: The brutal, cruel, and hopeless atmosphere of this world catched me back in the days. The neverending battles and wars against the inevitable doom reflects a lot of the real world – it will be doomed, because the upcoming end is fuelld by the human race itself.
Khrul: So it's not just a random fantasy bullshit; we try to arrange the lyrics to have a real message – you can't find anything about lazer fights or spaceship wars. We are using the atmosphere of Warhammer's world rather than just singing about actual stories. Like if you read “Childrend Of Misrule”, you can find it on our second release, it has a dark, depressive, hopeless atmosphere but actually it is the daily life for many people in the real world!
Noctis: So we felt this kind of lyrics would be perfectly fit to the music. We didn't want any typical and predictable (black) metal stuff. The dark, infinitive and mystical space also a bonus we can use in the music.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocrul'?
Khrul: There is nothing mystical beyond it. We wanted an unique name, and at the end the easiest way was the best: creating something from our own names.



5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Khrul:  As we live in two different countries, 2000 km far from each other, even if we would become a full line up band, it would be impossible to do it effectively. We are happy being a studio band. And on the other side it would be a shame not doing an epic show and not playing in professional costumes, as we have this Warhammer concept - and this is all about the money; a lot of money.

6. On the album you had also done a 'Summoning' cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own version of their songs?
Khrul:  99% of the bands are doing a simple "playthrough" version instead of a real cover. This is pathetic; if you have no unique ideas, or you are not talented enough, just don't do it. Cover means, at least to me, building a new song from it's original parts, what represents your own style, but still let the original ones recognizable. And never cover a song what is already perfect on its own! Therefore the best choice to pick up one from the early carrier of a band - you can find there god songs, but with boring riffs as well, and bad structure. Doing a Summoning song was just an other random choice - the song itself is a mixture of the songs "Grey Heavens" and "Beyond Bloodred Horizons" from the album "Lugburz", using the albums titles as lyric.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Khrul:  Worldwide means for us Facebook and Youtube. Feedbacks on this sites was really good indeed, and since Neverheard Distro released "Khorne" on tapes, we had two reviews, were also great.

8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
Khrul:  I was and I am extremely busy on music - the number of bands, session works, own projects I did or do is over 25. At the moment I'm the vocalist in the London-based Skullthrone - this is a full line up band and we do gigs as well. Besides this I'm still doing my own projects: Avar, Assur, Funebre, Militia, Nocrul, Shadowthrone.
Noctis:  I'm part of Nocrul only, and I don't have any plan to play in any other band. If Khrul would ask me to help him in his other projects, I would gladly do that.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Khrul: The first release was focusing on the one guitar based songs. The second was about the twin guitar melodies. The third, which is the current one, is mixing the first two, adding more atmospheric elements. All these releases was written in different tunes. The upcoming fourth one, which is nearly done already, are going to continue Khorne's way, but focusing on being more dynamic, has more groove. After this I may will be get bored creating multiple melodies, and will do some one guitar based thing again. And I did a quite complex song, with lot of orchestra and effects, but it was too weird for Noctis; at least for now. So who knows, maybe later on Nocrul will do something like this as well.
Noctis: We are friends for a long time, we know each other very well. I trust Khrul 100% on musical way as well. I used to ask only slightly modifications but he always outperforms my expectations. The complex song he was mentiond before is really good, it was just a huge and sudden change to me; I need a little bit more time to get used to the new things. It is a “must listen it many times” one, but after I discovered its layers, I realised how great it is, so it can be a next step indeed.

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?
Khrul: Most of the influences comes in the teenage area. My biggest ones was Metallica, Samael,  Gorgoroth and Cradle Of Filth. But this bands doesn't make any effects on my music anymore; I'm on my own way now. I mean, I don't want do music like this or that one, I don't want to be similar to anyone. Of course, when you are start playing music, you say "Let's do something like this and that!", but if you are really a musician, and music is not just a tool for pick up girls, you will find your own way. However influences always will be heard, and no one can be really unique in metal nowadays, you must follow your own heart instead of following someone else's success. So for the music itself I don't have any influences this days, but creating an atmosphere and arranging a song I do learn a lot of from classical soundtracks, like Hans Zimmer, and progressive bands. Actually I'm listening a lot of stuff I don't enjoy as a listener, but I can learn a lot of as a musician. And for me, this is the key being a slightly different, but I'm doing it not for a reason, I just realized I'm doing this. But it's important to know how far you can go to keep the music musically.
Noctis: My main influences are the early era of black metal, but it does not make any effects on Nocrul. Even if the music comes from Khrul, I didn't ask for being like any of the classical bands. That kind of music is already written by them, why would we do it again? In this days I really enjoy listening dark ambient musics, mostly from the label Cold Meat Industry; and Dark Space!

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Khrul: Books (I even wrote one, but just for friends), mostly fantasy, and mostly Warhammer ones, riding my motorbike, and gym.
Noctis: I'm really interesting about astronomy and I'm a big fan of books: sci-fi, fantasy's, H. P. Lovecraft, Warhammer, and books about ancient cultures, mythologies.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Khrul: Thank you for your support! Check out some great hungarian bands: Aetherius Obscuritas, Ahriman,  Angerseed, Ater Tenebrae, Gutted, Kill With Hate, Lepra, Mörbid Carnage, Nadir, Nagaarum, Sin Of God, The Konstellation, Svoid, Thy Catafalque, Veér, Witchcraft and many more!
Noctis: Thank you for the interview! No one can hear you scream in the space...


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Croc Noir Interview

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

After the release of our cassette tape at Corde Raide Productions in January, we are still in the promotion of our EP "Froid". Nevertheless, the biggest is done, and so we have resumed the process of composing new songs.


2.In November you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The atmosphere of this EP is cold, dark and melancholic, without falling into absolute darkness.
It is a kind of clear / dark atmosphere. The main idea was to remain simple and effective, but still sincere, while still managing to feel emotions like loneliness, combativity or anger.


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

Translating a certain misanthropy, our texts evoke human nature through themes such as depression, loneliness and the relationship of man to a wild and vengeful nature. More subtly it is also an introspective of our own feelings, evoked by what becomes our world under the evil influence of man.


4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the band name 'Croc Noir'?

Croc Noir means "Black Fang" and represents hostile and wild nature. We wanted to return the opposite image of the wolf "White Fang" which represents a docile nature and friend with man. It must not be forgotten that man has been on Earth for only a short time at the scale of the planet, and that nature will take up these rights one day or another.

Croc Noir is the name we have chosen because it represents at best this sweet anger that animates us in the casual and disrespectful behavior of the majority of human beings faced with a powerful nature that could sweep us in an instant.


5.Has the band done any live shows yet?

No, not for the moment !


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

We think about it seriously but before planning any concerts, we first want to compose additional tracks. So it probably will not be before 1 or 2 years.


7.The ep was released on cassette by 'Corde Raide Productions' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes very ! François from Corde Raide Productions is a genius and passionate guy who has given himself to support us. Everything is done very simply and professionally.

The roaster of the label is currently getting bigger and there are a lot of good releases to come!


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

For the moment, the feedback we received was rather positive and encouraging for the future.
But we remain in a very underground sphere, so it would be presumptuous to talk about global scale!


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

No idea ! For now, we compose as it comes, according to our desires and our inspiration.
But there will surely be other EPs before a possible "full length".


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?

In terms of inspirations, we can mention groups such as Darkthrone, Drudkh, Monarque or Nargaroth or some more folk oriented groups such as Stille Volk.

Currently in Black Metal, Morgue listens to bands such as Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Naðra, Misþyrming, Cantique Lépreux, Sanctuaire, Culte des Ghoules, Inquisition, Délétère, Batushka ...

Abyss is currently listening to bands such as Batushka, Mgla, Stille Volk, Orakle, Angantyr, Sorcier des Glaces ...

Geist travels in various musical spheres, he listens to a lot of black metal of course (Drudkh, Sorcier des Glaces, Windir, Sanctuaire,Véhémence, Horna, Nocturnal Depression ...).
It is also inspired by classical, medieval, folk and traditional music.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Many things! In bulk: walks in nature, science fiction and horror movies and books (Lovecraft, Asimov for example), role-playing games, computers or beer !


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

Thank you for this interview and good continuation for your webzine!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wormwood Interview

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

When we finished the recordings of  "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" we got in touch with the record label Non Serviam Records.
Since then we´re been occupied with a few gigs, rehearsals and a lot of promotion.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2015?

This is a hard question, I dont think there is one true objective answer, since music is an abstract form of art.
But I would describe it as a mix of atmospheric and melancholic soundscapes, raw rock´n roll, traditional scandinavian folk music and black metal.
Or as the sound of the all mighty nature, endless space and nightmares based on our local folklore.

It differ from our EP in many ways, "The Void: Stories from a whispering well"  was much more primitive and straight forward in a sense. It did contain the fundaments for what we are now, but the over all production and song quality is much more solid at Ghostlands...

3.You refer to your musical style as being 'Atmospheric Blackened Folk'n'Roll', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, that is a made up genre to describe our music in just a few words, since it contains elements of Atmospheric black metal, hard rock and folk music.
But I think it´s very hard to label music and describe the sound of a specific genre for people that haven't heard it, so i let other people do that if they want to.
Our main focus is to make the music and perform it, whatever it´s called.


4.Some of your lyrics cover Nordic mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Our mythology and folklore has and will always be around.
If you ever visit Scandinavia you will start to notice traces and signs of our old culture in almost everything.
The names of locations and cities, names of buildings and places, the origins of our holidays, and so on.
It´s easy to forget this when you´re in the middle of it, but if you really start to think about it you will realize it´s everywhere.
In many aspects the old norse believes and wisdom is still up-to-date in our modern society, and I think it´s our damn duty to preserve it. Now more than ever.

Personally I´ve been attracted to our mythology and history more or less since i was a child. It just came naturally.


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

The name comes from a star called Wormwood, which is mentioned in the bible. The star fell down and made the river sour and poisonous. The name resonated for us because it's the dance of death between space and nature.

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

Different shows can be amazing in so many ways. As long as you can see the spark in the eyes of the crowd it doesnt matter if it`s a small club or at a bigger festival stage.
The best shows are the shows where we convince at least one single person -that never heard about us before- to go home and listen to our music in the future.
Our performance is energetic, sweaty and hypnotic.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

 Yes, in october we will go for an European tour as support for IMPIETY(Singapore), together with Asagraum(Norway), Bode Preto(Brazil).
We will also play a few gigs here in Sweden this spring/summer and we´re currently discussing some festival gigs and a mini tour outside of Sweden as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It´s been surprisingly good this far. Great feedback from all kinds of people, not just the regular black metal audience.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Well, the main focus is WORMWOOD for everyone.
I am occasionally playing live guitar for the pagan/folk/viking metal band MÅNEGARM.
 Nox(guitar) is involved in the death metal band RIKET, NINE(vox) and NOX(guitar) is also a part of the black metal band WHITERSHIN that is not active atm.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I would like to say that we have a great thing going on, and we will definitely improve it even more. You will hear from Wormwood over the years, that´s a promise.

11.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?
Personally I listen to...Hmmm.... I dont listen to much music at all nowdaays to be honest, i dont have the time.
But I am, and always has been a big fan of rock/metal in general. I also like traditional swedish folk music, some blue grass and so on.
Im not so tied to a particular genre of music. As long as the music means something and makes me feel something it´s good.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am really into art is different forms. I do a lot of graphic stuff, filming and editing, I used to paint a lot as well.

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

Thank you for the interview, I really hope that you will enjoy our album "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" , spread the word!
A big shout out to our record label Non Serviam Records, and all the fans and supporters.

See you on the road!

/ RYDSHEIM (Guitar)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Aversio Humanitatis/Longing For The Untold/BlackSeed Productions/2017 EP Review


  Aversio  Humanitatis  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Longing  For  The  Untold"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  BlackSeed  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal   and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  distorted  guitar  leads  and  atmospheric  synths.

  Aversio  Humanitatis  plays  a  musical  style  that   takes  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  conscience  and  death  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Aversio  Humanitatis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  modern  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Longing  For  the  Untold"  and  "The  Ever  Shifting  Path".  8  out  of  10.

Voidthrone/Spiritual War Tactics/2016 Full Length Review


  Voidthrone  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Spiritual  War  Tactics".

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  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  the  slower  parts  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  into  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Voidthrone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  and  doom  metal to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  exile,  isolation,  and  vengeance  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voidthrone  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mortification  Of  My  Legacy"  and  "Spiritual  War  Tactics".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pagan Megalith/Viharjaras/Neverheard Distro/2017 Cassette Review


  Pagan  Megalith  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Viharjaras"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  February  28th  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  screams  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  lter track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Pagan  Megalith  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  90's  Nordic  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover   nihilism  and  death  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pagan  Megalith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mennykovek"  "Alakmas"  "Rex Saturnalis"  and  "Magvaszakadtak".  8  out  of  10.     

Heirdrain Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with you and your musical projects these days?

I’ve just get done a big release of an international contribution, which regroups musician all over the world into a big mp3 cd. Which contains 50 songs for about 5h of the music of different style from black metal to dark ambient/noise through obscurantism production right here:
https://www.facebook.com/DSSOB/
https://www.facebook.com/hecatombehumaine/

Another from flame noire which is called war between within which a raw black metal
And will be released by wulfrune worxx records and depressive illusions records:
https://www.facebook.com/flammenoirebm/


And the last one from Swarn which will be released again on wulfrune worxx records and depressive illusions records:
https://swarn.bandcamp.com/

Other than my new release, I’m working on a box set of my solo project Heirdrain https://www.facebook.com/AOSHeirdrain which will include many unreleased songs. It was an idea from a project from a label which is close now but that I wished to continue the project by my own.

My friend and I from Esprit Dérangé http://www.traumatic-creations.com/espritderange/main.htm are working on a re-release of all our old song recorded in the past which was released by graveless slumber records. But he closes his doors after our release so we are the only one to have the tape of our old release. So we got an offer from depressive illusions record to get it re-release on a tape with all our old stuff.

Also, working on some new album with noosefiller right here : https://noosefiller.bandcamp.com/

For sure, I continue to work on any new release with all project that’s I’m involved into !


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

Mostly black metal but I came back to my old root with some of my other band which is some old thrash metal band such like Venom, Sodom, Motorhead, Death, Sepultura, Celtic Frost, Possessed, Kreator, Slayer and so on that I must forget!


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

I must say that I’m writing about anything that comes up to my mind. So far, I have written around 350 Song and over but I could say that I’m writing more about death, despair, society, anti-human and philosophy.

4.What are some of your current and past musical projects and also what are some of the musical genres they are involved with?

My current project is:

Heirdrain (All sort of Metal)
Esprit Dérangé (Black Metal)
Black Impurity (Black/Thrash/Speed Metal)
Ellipsism (Black/Death Metal)
Asceti (Black Metal)
Swarn (Blackened Crush Metal)
Flamme Noire (Black Metal)
Moribond (Doom Metal)
Noosefiller (Experimental/Industrial, Black Noise)
and another gothic project that’s doesn’t have any name yet and maybe aren't active anymore.

My Old Project was:

Bloody Wrath (Black, Death Metal)
Decadência Fúnebre (Black Metal)
Divine Darkness (Black Metal)
Dunguaire (Ambient Black Metal)
Icon of Sin (Black Metal)
Sitvartes (Black Metal)
StarBlood (Black Metal)
Sche’ôl (Black, Ambient, Noise)
Transitus Mortalis (Ambient Black Metal)
Ultra Nova (Black, Death Metal)
Dark Light (Black Metal)
Hécatombe Humaine (Black metal, Ambient, Noise, etc)

Guest Session for:

Deep-Pression (Black/Doom/Ambient)
Dedale(s) (Dark Ambient)
No Way Out (Dark Ambient)
Loki Fun Lilith (Dark Ambient)

5.You have a variety of many different musical styles within your projects, do you feel that it is always good to explore and try new things as a musician?

Sure, I keep myself open minded into music because you can always discover something. I was really close into this when I was young, but when I’ve meet some people that’s showed me dark ambient and noise.  I’ve begun to be more open to any style that I enjoy. Music is so vast and every style is enjoyable, at least, if you like it. I don’t say, ‘’go make some jazz things if you don’t ever like this because you won’t enjoy it and won’t learn anything’’.

6.You have done both solo projects and also have been a part of a few bands, out of the 2 which one do you enjoy the most?

All, because if I don’t find something enjoyable into something, I won’t be in. I’m really open to any style but sometimes, you can enjoy the music from a project but the good chemistry between all the member isn’t there so everything is certainly subject to be a failure just because of that. So both things are important into a project if you want that is work.

7.Have you done any live shows with your musical projects?

In the past, yes, into underground show into woods or into friend basement. But I might get back on stage one days with some band that I’m talking to join or form. Like I said, let see if all the chemistry is there!

8.You have also done many recordings with musicians from different parts of the world, do you feel this makes the music a lot more creative?

Yes, because you don't need to regroup each other to work on your music. You can just woke up one days and say ''well, I'm doing to make this and this'' and up, everything is done. When all the guy are on the same goal and idea, everything goes well. More, if you own your studio like me, you don't need any rendez-vous to record, only just sit, start your engine and play.The negative point of this is that you don't have any contact with the guy but only by the net. Sometime, I didn't get any news from the other guys for no reason and the project was doing really great. I ask myself if he want to get the project split and doesn't have enough ball to tell me or maybe the guy is only death (which I don't hope). So, I stuck with good stuff in my pc and wait to have new from the guy because I don't wish to get his stuff out in case that he used it for another project and feel like I ''steal'' it.

Otherwise than having a band, you must regroup when all the member can and jam then record which is really not the same feeling to me than making music by my own or by the web. But I like both for sure, each of them have their positive and negative point! But the positive point is that you can go to his door and ask him directly if there is anything wrong and kick his ass out !

9.What are some of the record labels you have worked with over the years with your musical projects?

Many, many label, mostly underground, all of them are fair and enjoyable to work with but, again, in the underground scene, you must trust each other you deal with. I have so many things to say about label in positive and negative point that I could start a roman.

10.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?

I don't really care of it, I'm doing my things and I goes forward in life. I won't stop just because someone hate me or don't enjoy my music. Nobody can please to everybody and surely not in music. There will always someone to hate/like your music in any way. How much time I've saw people hating a new recording of a band because it doesn't sound like his old stuff and tried something new. All the band have their own way to work/idea and every band evolved into the future. For sure, we make music for the fans and fans make us live in return and are important,otherwise, I would make music only for me but I won't make what I don't enjoy because it's not ''IN''

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

Surely making music until my death surely, haha, With all those years active, I don't see why I should stop if I still like this

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?

Shit, the list is Fuck'n long but to be short, surely, say venom, bathory, burzum, mayhem, motorhead. Mostly all the 80-90 music era into black, death, thrash, heavy metal

But now, I'm listening to some goth darkwave from time to time band like diary of dreams, blutengel, the cure but I'm not a huge fan of this style.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your musical projects?

in the past, I had some satanist lyric and idea when I was young because I hated to be christian. When I grow up and being apostasy, I mostly forgot all those idea and get a bit of occultism lyric from time to time but it's mostly not my main influence in my lyrics.

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

Thanks for this opportunities, it's been 7 years I didn't make an interview and I still find this enjoyable! Here all the link you must see:
https://www.facebook.com/AOSHeirdrain
https://aosheirdrain.bandcamp.com/ (under construction for now)
https://www.facebook.com/DSSOB/
https://www.facebook.com/hecatombehumaine/
https://www.facebook.com/flammenoirebm/
https://swarn.bandcamp.com/
 http://www.traumatic-creations.com/espritderange/main.htm
https://noosefiller.bandcamp.com/