Monday, August 13, 2018

Dalkhu/Lamentation And Ardent Fire/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Slovenia's  Dalkhu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lamentation  And  Ardent  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  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  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

 Dalkhu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dalkhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am"  "Gaps  of  Existence"  and  "Night".  8  out  of  10.    

Incorporea/To Exorcize The Sun/Vertabrae/2018 EP Review


  Incorporea  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "To  Excorcize  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Vertabrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  modern  influences  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto t he  second  track.

  Incorporea  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  doom  metal  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  suffering  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Incorporea  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Carved  In  Paroxysmal  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

Burial Shrine/Labyrinth Of Bridges/Saturnal Records/2028 CD Review


  Burial  Shrine  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Labyrinth  of  Bridges"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  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  feeling  while  the  vocals  sound  very  deep  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  most  of  the  music  sounds  very  modern  but  also  adding  in  some  old  school  influences  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording.

  Burial  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  in  a  more  modern  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes  along  with  some  songwriting  from  Johannes  Nefastos. 

  In  my  opinion  Burial  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Walk  The  Edge  Of  Infinity"  "To  See  Beyond  The  Mask"  and  "Labyrinth  Of  Bridges".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Theudho/De roep van het woud/Heidens Hart Records/2018 CD Review


  Theudho  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "De  roep  van  het  woud"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  mixed  in  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  closing  the  recording  with  a  heavier  track.

  Theudho  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belgian  and  cover  Germanic  Mythology,  History,  Philosophy  and  Cultural  Tradition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Theudho  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waar  kraaien  de  ondergang  bezingen"  "De  eik  van  Hakiloheim"  "Wolfstijd"  and  "In  de  schaduw  van  de  zwarte  banier".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Invocation/The Mastery Of The Unseen/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Invocation  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Mastery  Of  The  Unseen"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Drums  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  o  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well a s  some  elements  of  war  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  South  American  underground  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in t he  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  second  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Invocation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Spiritualism,  Possessions  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ouija  (The  Mystifying  Oracle)".  8  out  of  10.
  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Elurra/Von Feuer Und Erde/2018 CD Review


  Elurra  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  red  and  anarchist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Von  Feuer  Und  Erde".

  Dark soundscapes  and  ritualistic  chanting  and  whispers  start  off  the  album  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  songs  utilizing  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Elurra  plays  a  style  of  red  and  anarchist  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  over  Left  Hand  Path  and  Left  Wing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Elurra  are  a  very  great  sounding  red  and  anarchist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Auf  Der  Suche"  "Aufstieg  Der  Flammen"  and  "Haboryms  Traum".  8  out  of  10.  

Shaidar Logoth/Chapter II: The Ritualist/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 LP Re-Issue Review


  Shaidar  Logoth  are  a  band  from Minnesota  that  plays  an  ambient form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Chapter  II:  The  Ritualist"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  on  vinyl  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Militant  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  dissonant  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  somewhat  buried  underneath  the  chaos  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  drone  and  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  demonic  growls  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  Shaidar  Logoth  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  guitar  driven  raw  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  despair,  hatred  and  wheel  of  time  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shaidar  Logoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Scourge"  and  "A  Realm  Befitting  His  Majesty".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, August 10, 2018

Witch King/Voice of The Ossuary/Blood Harvest/2018 Full Length Review


  Witch  King  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  bestial form  of  black/death  metal  with  elements  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Voice  Of  The  Ossuary"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  a  lot  of  90's  influences  but  being  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as w ell  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  black  metal  influences,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Witch  King  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  chaos  and  the  void  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witch  King  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rejection  Of  The  Light"  "Voice  Of  The  Ossuary"  "Mocking  The  Seraphim"  and  "Astral  Desecration".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

The True Werwolf/Druadan Forest/Werewolf Records/2018 Split CD Review



  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Finland's  The  True  Werwolf  and  Druadan  Forest  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Werewolf  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  True  Werwolf  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  some  programmed  beats  before  adding  into  some  synths  which  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  while  his  track  is  also more  than  20  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  music  being mostly instrumental  and  after  awhile  nature  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  The  True  Wrwolf  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.

  Next  up  is  Druadan  Forest  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  epic  black  metal  and  ambient.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  an  epic  dungeon  synth  style  which  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  track  is  more  than  20  minutes  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  thunder  sounds  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  being  mostly  instrumental  and  as  the  song  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Druadan  Forest  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.

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

    

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Empty/Vacio/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review


  Empty  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vacio"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  bring  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  along  with  some  melodic  singing  and  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Empty  takes  the  depressive,  atmospheric  and  raw  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  emptiness,  despair,  solitude  and  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Empty  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empty"  "The  Night  Remains  For  All  Who  Is"  and  "Filandom  Under  The  Sign  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.



  

The Projectionist/Visits From The NightHag Part 1/Appalachian Noise Records/2018 Full Length Review


  The  Projectionist  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  United  States  and  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Visits  From  The  NightHag  Part  1"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Appalachian  Noise  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  used  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  as well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  modern  atmospheric  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  The  Projectionist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Projectionist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Saw  To  Dissolve  All  Travel"  and  "Bewitching  Unto  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Frust/Elements/2018 EP Review


  Frust  are  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Elements".

  Melodic  chants  along  with  some  nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  added into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  utilizing  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Frust  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  cover  the  4  earth  elements  with  a  touch  of  alchemy. 

  In  my  opinion  Frust  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Air"  and  "Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Malthusian 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?
'Not a lot. We have played a couple of gigs but have been focusing on trying to get everything ready for the album which is proving to be a slog but we are nearly there. We have an idea for our next release but we haven't started writing anything yet so, despite our plan and knowing the way our songs develop over time, anything might happen'.

2.You have your first full length coming out in September, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with the newer music that you where not able to do with your previous demo and ep?
'It's amusing as we have seen a couple of comments online from people who have heard the album saying that they are disappointed that we have moved away so much from the approach on the demo. To us, we kept the parameters wide open with the demo, covering a lot of ground from direct, primal death metal/war metal to crawling doom and something more bizarre and wonky. That happened naturally as the songs grew but we felt it kept things open to interpretation and meant we could explore more territory as we continued. Every song feels like a push further into our own style, digging deeper and pushing the riffs and structures further. We would be bored as fuck writing the same song over and over again as we all listen to loads of stuff and get excited by new sounds all the time that may ignite the spark of creativity. I'm not sure that we have really done anything that we couldn't have done before other than just really pushing our own limitations at every turn, which has always been part of our ethos'.

3.In the past you have referred to your music as being 'hallucinogenic black death doom', would this term also apply to the newer music?
'I'm not sure. While the new songs sprawl all over the place and twist and turn constantly, in many ways the actual approach to riffs and songwriting has become more and more traditional. We allowed the atmosphere to develop however it may and just focused on letting the riffs follow their own strange course over time. Is it hallucinogenic sounding? Possibly so in parts, but that description was our own reaction to our demo when listening back to it rather than a goal we had in mind when writing. Writing is always more intuitive for us so rather than laying out specific goals- apart from on 'Primal Attunement- The Gloom Epoch', which we wrote specifically as a doom song- much of the time we really have no idea where a song will end up going until it feels complete'.

4.Both the band’s name and the lyrics deal with 'Malthusian Catastrophes', how did you get interest in this topic and do you feel you are also breaking new grounds lyrically in the extreme metal genre by covering a topic that is very rarely ever use by other bands?
'We never have and never will be a Malthusian themed band. Someone put that on Metal Archives and everyone just agreed with it rather than reading the lyrics and noticing that they are about all sorts of other things. The name was interesting and struck us as being original and unique for a death metal band, while having a really appropriate and dark meaning. That is essentially the extent of my interest in it. I think my lyrics might be a bit different to other bands as I can't be arsed pretending to be evil and Satanic and I'm not particularly excited by horror or H.P. Lovecraft. I mean, it's fine, but who the hell needs another Lovecraft themed metal band? Not me, anyway. My lyrics stem from things I see in work as an archaeologist, whether that is actual archaeology, the remote and often haunting landscapes I find myself in with work, books I read (lots of contemporary literature but nothing obviously metal I'm sorry to say) and experiences I have, and then of course, the usual ruminations on existence, death and the origins of life and the universe. All of these disparate things mingle in the cauldron of my brain and spew out in the sometimes abstract, sometimes brutally direct lyrics that I write'.

5.In one interview I have read you also talked about the catastrophes and the effects that it had on ancient civilizations, do you feel that mainstream science as just as bad as mainstream religion when it comes to covering up the ancient past and putting these topics into the pseudoscience, fringe or myth categories?
'I don't know, man. I think that science can only deal with the facts at hand and that is why it is often proved wrong or inaccurate over time as new discoveries come to light. But isn't the aim of science to find answers through hard facts rather than making lofty claims with little or nothing to back it up! Over time, what is considered to be right and true will naturally change as long as scientists, archaeologists and historians continue to search for new evidence. I'm not really interested in conspiracy theories'.

6.All of the band members where also veterans in the extreme metal scene prior to forming this band. what are your thoughts on the way metal has evolved over the past two decades?
'I personally started diving exclusively into the underground at the tail end of the 90s, having been a metalhead for around a decade already but mostly focused on more mainstream stuff, and in the time that I have been digging deeper I have never been stuck for exciting new music, while simultaneously diving back into the classics. It feels to me like we are going through a profoundly rich period in metal, and have been for at least a decade, if not two. As my taste tends to absorb a lot of different things I'm never stuck for something new (or old) to get excited by. It's almost impossible to say how metal has evolved over the past twenty years because it has evolved so much. Where do you even begin? Every style seems to push and pull with and against the tides of change, so for every forward looking band making something truly unique or avant garde there is another band resisting change and writing powerful music rooted more in the traditions of any given style. As a fan of both forward looking and regressive sounding music, it works out nicely for me. I think that that wide range of interests is apparent on the new album, maybe more so than on the demo or 'Below the Hengiform', even though our writing process hasn't changed over time. Some parts feel like we are perhaps expanding into new territory while other parts are resolutely old school in their style. It is simply an honest reflection of the band's musical interests'.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
'The front cover was made by Tim Grieco (Antediluvian). We initially contacted him to design a hoodie but when we saw the results we realised it had to be the album cover. I sent Tim the lyrics to 'Remnant Fauna' with a description of the themes and the direction to do something figurative. He took it from there and produced that incredible piece. I can't wait to see it printed up. We also commissioned an inner gatefold piece by Joseph Deegan (Slidhr), and while being stylistically different to Tim's piece, it really compliments it and will also look phenomenal printed up. We commissioned five new pieces from Timo Ketola, whose legacy speaks for itself, and they will illustrate each set of lyrics, and finally we asked Death Dealer (Vomitor) to scrawl out the lyrics in a crude and nasty manner, which he duly did and we are in the process right now of tying all of this great work together. It will be a morbid and ghastly feast for bleeding eyeballs'.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
'We have played some incredible shows and some incredibly bad and drunken ones too, and all have been memorable in their own way, haha. We actually played a really great set in Dublin last weekend with Oraculum, Slough Feg, Vircolac, Coscradh, Sacrilegia and Death the Leveller. We played three new songs, one of which we hadn't played live before, and we nailed the fuckers, which was very satisfying. A particularly memorable gig was in the hills outside Parma in Italy, where we played Navajo Calling Fest on a farm! It was surreal and incredibly cool. And then getting off-stage and watching Mortuary Drape headline under a full moon was a special and memorable experience'.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
'Nothing is planned yet but next year we hope to get out and tour if the offers come our way'.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been so far to your recordings by fans of black, doom and death metal?
'The demo really caught a lot of positive attention and we seemed to take the underground by surprise with that one. The subsequent EP didn't really elicit the same ecstatic response and we think that might be due to the murky production. We fucked the production up somehow and it lacks impact, but we still love the songs and play them live. I think that there is so much stuff coming out these days, a lot of it really good and a lot of it very hyped up that it is easy to get lost among the crowd. Hopefully the album will get people excited but I think that it will be divisive as many people seem to just want us to rewrite the demo again and again. That will never happen. Every song for us is a step further into our own abyss and if people want to stick with the demo, that's cool, but we are already through the looking glass and have no inclination to turn back just to suit other people'.

11.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?
'Johnny joined Conan last year and a lot of his time is taken up with touring with them. Pauric is busy with Mourning Beloveth and working on new material I believe. I don't think Matt has anything else on the boil at the moment but that could easily change. I am currently writing Thergothon/Skepticism inspired (rip-off) funeral doom with Ray from my other band Wreck of the Hesperus, who are currently dormant, and Muiris from Apostate Viaticum. The band is called Bacterium and we should have something recorded in the next few months'.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
'Further, deeper, darker, stranger, uglier...'

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your current music and also what are some of your current favorites?
'Morbid Angel, My Dying Bride, Slidhr, Antediluvian, Ride for Revenge... the list is endless and I'm not always sure exactly where an idea might stem from but we usually try to push our riffs further each time which I think adds our own flavour to the end piece. Some bands I'm listening to a lot lately are Dionysiaqe, Macabre Omen, Nocturnity, Mooncitadel, Malokarpatan, Spite, Chevalier, Solstice and many many more'.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
'Thanks a lot for the interview


Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Forest Of Stars/Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes/Prophecy Productions/2018 Full length review


  A  Forest  Of  Stars  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Grave  Mounds  And  Grave  Mistakes"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Vocals are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  getting very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times,  female  vocals a re  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  depressive  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  ambient  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  A  Forest  Of  Stars  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive,  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  having t heir  raw  and  aggressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  William  Blake  while  also  touching  on  philosophical,  occult,  nature  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Forest  of  Stars  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Precipice  Pirouette"  "Children  of  the  Night  Soul"  and  "Decomposing  Diety  Dancehall".  8/5  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Farsot/ColdWorld/Toteninsel/Prophecy Productions/2018 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Farsot  and  ColdWorld  called  "Toteninsel"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Farsot  a  band  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars while  grim  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  as  well  as  the  whispered  vocals  evolving  into  black  metal  screams.

  One  of  their  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length while  the  music  always  stick  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  alternating  between  both  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  along  with t he  second  track  being  instrumental  and  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  elemental  earth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Farsot  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bands  that  use  a  lot  of  acoustic  guitars,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  ColdWorld  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal.

 His  side  of t he  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  amp  noise  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  second  track  is  an  instruemntal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  elemental  water  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ColdWorld  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

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

Helrunar/Vanitas Vanitatvm/Prophecy Productions/2018 Full Length Review


  Helrunar  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vanitas  Vanitatvm"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Stringed  instruments  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  and  demonic  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  clean  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  also  return  towards  the  end.

  Helrunar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  diverse  and  aggressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  4.000  of  human  culture  and  the  historical  events  of  those  eras. 

  In  my  opinion  Helrunar  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  diverse  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Saturnus"  "Nachzeher"  and  "Necropolis".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Unholy Baptism/Volume I : The Bonds Of Servitude/2018 Full Length Review


  Arizona's  Unholy  Baptism  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  diverse  satanic  black  metal  style  of t heir  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Volume  I :  The  Bonds  Of  Servitude"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  return  on  the  closing  track,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  as  well  as  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  depressive  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  are  also  used  towards  the  end  of  the  recording.

  Unholy  Baptism  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  diverse  style  of  satanic  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Theistic  Satanism,  Death,  Medieval  and  H,P  Lovecraft  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unholy  Baptism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "...These  Scars  Are  Wounds  Unhealed"  "Whispers  Of  Power  Eternal"  and  "Baptized  In  The  Majesty  of  Satan".  8  out  of  10.  

Ichor/God of Thunder God Of War/Seance Records/2018 CD Review


  Ichor  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "God  of  Thunder  God  of  War"  which  will  be  released  in  October by  Seance  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  capturing  a  very  modern  atmosphere  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  at  times,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere.

  Ichor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  and  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Ichor  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spectres  Of  The  Woods"  and  "Yaga's  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.

Blood Of Serpents/Sulphur Sovereign/Non Serviam Records/2018 CD Review


  Blood  Of  Serpents  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sulphur  Sovereign"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Militant  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  adding  some  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants can  also  be heard  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling,  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Blood  Of  Serpents  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  Serpents  are  a  very  great  sounding  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Darkness  Brotherhood"  "As  The  Temple  Burns"  "Upon  Water  Darks"  and  "A  Void  Between  Worlds".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dauþuz/Des Zwerges Fluch/Naturmacht Productions/2018 EP Review



  Germany's  duo  Dauþuz  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Des  Zwerges  Fluch"  which  will  be  released  on  August  25th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Field  Recordings  along  with  some  classical  guitars  start  off  the  ep    before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  along  with  some  whispers,  spoken  word  parts  and  shouts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  clean  vocals a re  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  acoustic  tracks.

  Dauþuz  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  tales  of  dwarves  and  their  evil  magick  against  human  intruders.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dauþuz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Steinhammer"  and  "Als  mein  Geleucht  fur  immer  erlosch".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Secret/Lux Tenebris/Southern lord Recordings/2018 EP Review


  Italy's  The  Secret  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Lux  Tenebris"  which  will  be  released  on  August  31st  by  Southern  Lord  Recordings.

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  distorted  drones  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  before  evolving  into  grim  black  metal  screams  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Secret  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  eternal  night  suspended  beyond  life  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Secret  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Sorrowful  Void".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

  

Nachash Interview

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

“Since recording the album in February of last year we’ve focused on performing our musick onstage and, very slowly, beginning the composing new material (as well as awaiting the actual release of the album, which takes time it seems). Presently we only have one completely new song written and rehearsed so as you can understand this process takes some time. Inspiration moves in waves, but recently I have quite a few new ideas we shall begin working on shortly. The goal is to have at least two more (new) songs done by the end of the year at least.”

2.You have a new album coming out in August, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with this recording that you where not able to do with the ep that was released in 2015?

“Phantasmal Triunity is a natural continuation of what was begun on Conjuring The Red Death Eclipse. We spent a little more time recording it and as such it was room for adding more layers of stuff which enhanced the power of the musick, additional melodies and harmonies and a few other things which strengthened the material overall. There wasn’t a huge difference in the songwriting compared to the EP, just an overall improvement in it’s final form. We’re more or less happy with the result, although there is always room for improvement of course. You learn as you go after all.”

3.According to your fb page you refer to your music as 'deathly black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

“I see this as hinting at the role death as a spiritual (as in it’s not preoccupied with death in a literal physical sense) symbolism has in our musick and, more specifically, the lyrics. Although it might also refer to some influence from death metal in our musick. It’s a moniker that just sort of emerged when describing our musick, so I’ve not really analyzed it too closely to be honest. Perhaps it also indicates that we aren’t a typical Norwegian style sounding black metal as well.”

4.Your lyrics cover a lot of death and necromantic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what both of these mean to you and also do you feel a lot of other black metal bands lyrically rely to much on the same topics that have been overdone over the years?

“It is hard to avoid clichés at this point in time. Ultimately one has to go with what happens in moments of inspiration without giving to much thought to whether or not it is original. But like with our musick I try to create our own thing rather than aping the works of others too much. The lyrics are a little harder to create in that respect, as trying to explain a certain mood or emotional state is harder with words than sounds, at least to me. The lyrics are of course of high importance though, so much time is spent working and re-working the lyrics.”

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

“The artwork is related to the title of the record and the lyrics contained therein. It represents the trinity of death, darkness and knowledge leading to the gateway to that which lies beyond our mundane senses. I am very happu with the artwork which was done by R.K.V of Obliteration. He really brought to life the vague idea I had for the cover, so respect should be given where respect is due. The cover art also represents the aura of the musick quite well too.”

6.I know that the band name comes from Hebrew, do any of the band members also have an interest in the Qlippoth?

“Yes, I’ve personally had/have an ‘interest’ (if such a word can be used) in the Qliphoth. I’ve worked with ritual techniques and meditations related to some of the ‘lower’ qliphas (Lilith and Gamaliel). This has in some cases yielded some peculiar and/or strange (even unpleasant) experiences that has both inspired the musick and lyrics of Nachash. I won’t proclaim an expertise or high level of adeptness in these matters, but if certain practices can bring about a change in ones state of mind and perception that again results in useful inspirations then I consider them valid, to put it that way. ”

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

“We are never totally satisfied with our performances, but our gig in Gothenburg as a part of the Abyss Festival in january was one where we felt most aspects of the show went well. Our last gig at Chaos Descends in Germany we were not that happy with, the sound on stage was quite terrible and some annoying mistakes were made on our part, and our overall performance were somewhat lacking (I felt anyway) unfortunately. But you get through it and learn from your mistakes. The festival itself was killer, though. Our stage performance is pretty stripped down and we focus of letting the musick consume us in a frenzy of headbanging and a simple surge of power. Hopefully inspiring the audience in the same way.”

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

“We aim to play some more gigs later in the year, but presently we have nothing planned/booked. So we shall see what offers come our way. We aren’t the most self-promoting of bands and we don’t really ‘beg’ for gigs after all. We’ve gotten a couple of tour offers thus far but the time has not been right. In the future a tour of sorts may take place but it depends. We shall see.”

9.The new album is coming out on 'Shadow Kingdom Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Unborn Productions',?

“The guy behind Unborn Productions is a friend of ours and we appreciated his support in the early days. He heard some rehearsal recordings early on and wanted to release it when the time came, on cassette tape only originally. However when it came time to making a full-length we felt it was time to move on to a somewhat ‘bigger’ label, perhaps, and Shadow Kingdom seemed like an interesting deal. Although we weren’t exactly swamped with offers I should add, so that made the choice quite simple of course.”

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

“It has been quite well received thus far and we’ve seen somewhat of a spike in interest as our full-length has been getting closer to release. The few reviews of the album has been very good, so we shall see what happens. We’ve been growing slowly slightly more ‘known’ in the underground I’d say and the people with whom our musick resonates seem very into it.”

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

“ We shall just continue on the path we’ve chosen and improve upon and refine our sound. In the future we may experiment a bit with different rhythms and songs with alternate tunings. It’s not our goal to deviate in an extreme way as we are rather ‘old school’-minded at the end of the day. Ultimately it’s hard to predict until we are done with all the songs for a second full-length.”

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?

“Personally I’m influenced by heavy, thrash, death, doom and black metal, and elements of all of these find their way into our musick. I’m influenced by stuff from old Metallica to Master’s Hammer, although that doesn’t mean we sound like those bands. Old Samael, Slayer, Bathory, Morturary Drape, Grand Belial’s Key, Death SS, etc, etc. has also been important for me. But again, we don’t try to sound like any particular band, rather we use these influences to create as much of our own sound as possible. A cliché perhaps, but true nonetheless (everybody might not agree, but whatever.). As far as more recent bands go I am very into Malokarpatan’s latest album - Nordkarpatenland. It’s brilliant. Although I am still awaiting the vinyl version. I also believe the new Faustcoven album will be great.”

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

“Thanx for the support. Obtain our album and dissolve into the phantasmal triunity.”