Thursday, February 22, 2018

Morbosidad/Corona de Epidemia/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review


  Morbosidad  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  for  more  than  25  years  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Corona  de  Epidemia"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  introduction  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  get  very  demonic  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  black  metal screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  keeping  the  style  they  started  in  the  90's  but  also  adding  in  more  modern  brutality  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Morbosidad  remain  true  to  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  death,  war,  Anti  Christian  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morbosidad  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Muerte  Suicido"  "Cristo  en  Desgracia"  "Sepulcro  de  Cristo"  and  "D.E.P'.  8/5  out  of  10.      

Schattenfall/Schatten in Schwarz/Redefining Darkness Records/2018 CD Review


  Schattenfall are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Schatten  in  Schwarz"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  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  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  ambient  keyboards  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  songs  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  returning  on  later  songs  as  the  album  progresses  and  on  the  closing  track  melodic  vocals a re  also  used  briefly.

  Schattenfall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Schattenfall  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angst  meiner  Fantasie"  and  "Die  Klagan  von  Grau".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Of Feather And Bone/Bestial Hymns Of Perversion/Profound Lore Records/2018 CD Review


   Of  Feather  And  Bone  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Bestial  Hymns  Of  Perversion"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  Dark  and  distorted  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  along  with  some   bestial  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  crust  and  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard. 

  Of  Feather  And  Bone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  elements  of  crust,  grind  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Of  Feather  And  Bone  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Repulsive  Obscurity"  "Mockery  of  The  Ascension"  and  "Throne  Of  The  Serpent".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Peosphoros/Pink Metal/SGW Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Peosophoros  are  a  joke  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  makes  a  mockery  of  the  whole  social  justice  warrior  and  political  correct  sub  culture  that  has  been  contaminating  the  extreme  metal  world  for  years  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Pink  Metal"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  SGW  Records.

  Flaming  queer  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  whining  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  vibe and  a  touch  of  punk  can  also  be  heard  at times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  annoying  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  and  some  of  the  screams  have  a  depressing  vibe  but  in  more  of  the  I  got  raped  up  the  ass  and  I  cant  stop  crying  style  mode  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  get  semi  operatic.

  Peosophoros  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  and  glam  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  their  humorous  pink  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  purely  ignorant  politically  correct  bullshit  about  black  metal  culture,  the  gay  community  and  sticking  up  for  worthless  antifa,  Christian  and  Muslim  fucks.

  In  my  opinion  Peosophorous  are  a  band  worth  listening  to  if  you  want  to  have   a  good  laugh  and  this  is  obviously  a  fake  novelty  act  since  it  tries  to  hard  to  be   politically  correct  which  shows  that  the  sjw's  ruined  metal  enough  to  a  point  where  something  like  this  would  almost  be  believable  but  never  existed  20  years  ago,.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Britney  Therapy" and  "Terrorism".  7  out  of  10.     

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Misrule Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
MISRULE is the solo death/grind project that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now. I started this project after leaving my old band behind to move across the country, and I didn’t really have much time to be in an active band, so I started writing and recording everything myself. Now I have no boundaries, no set backs, and no one to please but myself. I’ve always appreciated bands who music pushes things to the absolute limit, and I strive to do that with mine. If you like genuinely pissed off music, then you should like this.

2.You have a demo coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Since I recorded and mastered everything myself (I’m no recording engineer by any means), I was able to get things to sound how I wanted them, within reason. In the recordings, I wanted them to be a pulverizing wall of sound that could easily asphyxiate you if you let it. I like to think I got that point across.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Most of my lyrical content comes from an outside perspective. I write songs about veganism and how awful animal agriculture is, depression, toxic behavior, and corruption.


4.I know that the musical project was name after a Nightbringer song, how does this name fit in with the musical styles that you play?
Yes, I did get the name from a Nightbringer song, but if you dig a little deeper into the word Misrule, you will find that it holds meaning relating to how poorly the current state of government treats it’s people.

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
As much as I appreciate the freedom to be able to write what I want to write and have no one else to answer to, I have actually been working with a friend to start playing these songs live, and potentially write more and turn this into a full band.

6.I have noticed other than the bandcamp or label page there is not much information about the musical project online, is this intentional?

This isn’t totally intentional, it’s just because this project is brand new and I haven’t really felt the need to go out of my way and create more of an internet presence.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death metal and grindcore?
There hasn’t been much feedback yet. There are a couple of reviews out there, like yours and the one on Metal Injection, that seem to enjoy the music. Hopefully more feedback comes when the entire tape is released, and not just one song.

8.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?
This project is an evolution of my old band Guilt, from New Hampshire. I did most of the song writing for that band, and I’m sure you’ll be able to make some easy connections between the music. You can check it out here,
http://guiltnh.bandcamp.com/

Also, check out some of the other past members new bands.
https://magnatar.bandcamp.com/releases
https://willzyx.bandcamp.com/


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Ideally, I’d like to tour with a full band. I’m getting a little older and I’m getting myself into a career right now, so I’m not sure how feasible that will be. Otherwise, I’ll be playing as often and as loud as I can until I die.

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?
My influences rotate as fast as the new bands I’m listening to. I don’t like to bog myself down with “These are the 4 bands I want to sound like”. I’m constantly drawing influence from everything, whether it be music, art, what’s going on in the world, things my friends say to me, etc. As for bands I’ve been listening to a lot lately, check out Vermin Womb, Hierophant, Plebeian Grandstand, Infernal Coil, Vitriol, and Desolate Shrine.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
When I’m not playing music, I’m usually designing artwork for myself or other bands. You can check out my artwork here,
https://www.instagram.com/calltothegrave/

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for reaching out and having this interview. Also, thanks to anyone who reads this and gives my music a listen. I will always be incredibly appreciative of anyone who supports me in any way possible.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thy Feeble Saviour/And Darkness Fell/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  are  a  duo  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "And  Darkness  Fell"  which  will  be   released  in  March  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Church  bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early 90's  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  the  music  also remains  very  primal  and  heavy  sounding.

  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  the  rawest  and  darkest  elements  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal  and  gives  the  genre  a  more  modern  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corpse  of  The  Crucified"  "Provoked  Crucifixion"  "Obscenity  of  The  Cross"  and  "Mocked  And  Despised".  8/5  out  of  10.

Hell's Coronation/Unholy Blades Of The Devil/Godz Of War Productions/2018 EP Review


  Hell's  Coronation  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'necro  ritual  black  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Unholy  Blades  Of  The  Devil"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  Sex sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  synths  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Hell's  Coronation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  early  90's  era  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell's  Coronation  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  occult  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Temple  Of  Wickedness"  and  "Luciferian  Wind  Blows  From  The  North".  8/5  out  of  10. 

 

   

Stillborn/Crave For Killing/Godz Of War Productions/2018 EP Review


  Poland's  Stillborn  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2018 ep  "Crave  For  Killing"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also b ring  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  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  air  raid  sirens.

  Stillborn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  and  cover  apotheosis  of  death,  anti  religion,  blasphemy  and  apostasy  themes. 

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stillborn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It'S  A  Sinner"  and  "Crave  For  Killing".  8  out  of  10.
 


Friday, February 16, 2018

Misanthropic Rage/Igne Natura Renovatur Integra/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Misanthropic  Rage  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Igne  Natura  Renovatur  Integra"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  before going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  mix  the  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  heavy  parts  together along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  more  deep and  grim  as  the  recording  progresses  as  well  as  some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Misanthropic  Rage  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  heir  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Misanthropic  Rage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  All  Your  Angels"  "Abstrakt"  "The  Agony  Of  Breath"  and  "The  Truth  Shall  Be  Told".  8  out  of  10.

  

Misrule/Forced To Suffer/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 Demo Review


  Misrule  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Forced  To  Suffer"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  in  elements  of  war  and  death  metal  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  short  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding  without  ever  having  a  soft  moment.

  Misrule  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  metal and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misrule  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Led  To  The  Grave"  and  "Maggot".  8  out  of  10.  

Nocrul/Eye Of Terror/2017 Full Length Review


  Nocrul  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Eye  of  Terror".

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  they  also  mix  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Heaven  And  Hell's  "Atom  And  Evil".

  On  this  recording  Nocrul  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Warhammer  40k.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocrul  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  The  Ground  Be  The  Grave  Marker  Of  The  Heroes"  "Dark  Purpose  Of  Madness"  and  "Forces  of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.  

Lord Of Pagathorn 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?



C: Our newest album “Daimono Philia” was released at the end of the January 2018 (regular CD & digipack CD) by Woodcut Records. Vinyl and cassette will be out at the end of the February. At this moment I am working with the new material for the third album with our bassist Skrubb. Next album will consist of eight songs and hopefully we can enter the studio at the beginning of the year 2019.



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



C: Sometimes I have descripted our music with these next words (which are still valid in the newest album too): “We try to capture the northern feelings to the songs. It is amazing atmosphere when you spend your time in the wintry forest, daylight time is very short, snow is cracking under your shoes and cold air is almost freezing you to death. When you combine that idea with chainsaw guitars and bass, bounding barbaric drums and creeping vocals, then you get some idea how we are sounding. I hope we have managed to create our own heavy and pressuring soundscape which don´t give any remorse.”

In sound-wise the differences are coming from the guitar tunings. In early 90`s we used E tuned guitars and nowadays we are using lower tuning.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?



C: Band was split up in 1995 and during that time it was quite impossible to find good and dedicated members for the band in the area where I was living. During these years I have had lots of ideas for the new material for Lord of Pagathorn. But it took many years to form a new line up…line up was completed in 2010 when Hellwind (drums) and Sedit (bass) joined the band.



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



C: In this new “Daimono Philia” album, lyrics are dealing about the evil itself, revenge and the crush
of the holy trinity.



5.I have read in the past the band has never done any live shows, is that going to changein 2018?



C: We are interested to do the gigs in the future but once again we have faced the line-up problems. It will take time to rehearsal all necessary songs from the past releases with the new drummer. Also we have to concentrate to rehearse songs for the next album.



6.Between 2014 and 2018 there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?



C: In 2014 our first full-length album “Nekros Philia” was released. Our bass player Sedit decided to leave from the band and it took time to find new band member. Skrubb (ex-Taake live guitarist) decided to choose our ranks and took the bass guitar as his instrument of violence. In 2015 we started to rehearse the tracks for the second full-length album (Daimono Philia) and recordings started at the spring of 2016. Album was recorded, mixed and mastered finally in February 2017. Artwork and layouts for the album took also lots of time, so finally all the material was ready in summer 2017. Our drummer Hellwind decided to leave the band after the recording sessions for the “Daimono Philia” album. We already have an idea for the new drummer and we will release the information later this year.



7.The new album was released on 'Woodcut Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



C: We are very satisfied all the great work and support what Woodcut Records has done for our band and for the record releases.



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



C: Feedback has been surprisingly good release after release.



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



C: At this moment I am also playing in a band called Witchakal. We are working for the full length album at this moment. All the tracks are recorded except vocals because Mr. SELFDESECRATOR from Slaughtbbath haven´t visited in Finland for a while.



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



C:Lets keep that as a secret. You can hear the progress from the next album somewhere in 2019.



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/



C: OK, if I have to choose the influences for the music from the bands, then I can say we have been strongly influenced by early 90´s Finnish underground black and death metal bands. Also Drawing Down The Moon by Beherit and first two album by Master´s Hammer have been great inspirations. At this moment I can recommend “Henbane” album by Cultes Des Ghoules. That album sounds like it was made in 1991.



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



C: In short I can say; if you have chosen the way of the left hand path, you cannot hop off and hop on when you feel so.

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



C: Thank you for the good and interesting interview questions. Those who are interested to get our releases, take a look at Woodcut Records campsite.

                           

                             -Corpselord. / Lord Of Pagathorn. II / 2018 A.S.-

                             www.lordofpagathorn.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wyrmwoods Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Wyrmwoods is a one man atmospheric black metal band, with heavy influences from other genres like jazz, progressive rock and ambient.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the material that you have released so far?
Well the first release, Wyrmwoods EP, was pretty straight forward homage to bands like Burzum and early Ulver, I wasn't really trying to be innovative or original. With the new album Earth Made Flesh, I just did whatever I felt like. I think you can hear different influences in almost any of the songs, ranging from krautrock to noise to funeral doom metal and of course a variety of black metal bands that I like, for example Summoning, Paysage d'hiver/Darkspace, Mayhem, etc. There's also a lot of ambient soundscapes, but not the usual "dungeon synth" -type often heard in black metal, that can be fun too, but I usually prefer my ambient more layered, spacey and atmospheric like Steve Roach, who is one of my favorite artists.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored both on the full length and ep?
I didn't put up the lyrics of the EP to Bandcamp, but I think all of them were based on poems by Georg Trakl. The album has a lot of stuff based on Thomas Ligotti's writings and paganism. I didn't want to do the default Satanic lyrics almost mandatory in Black Metal, but more of an existential/medieval horror more suitable to Wyrmwoods' sound, especially on Earth Made Flesh.

4.On the new album you had some lyrics inspired by the Poetic Edda, does Paganism play a role in your music or  life?
Not really. I had read some books/essays on rune magic and Norse mythology, I think it's really interesting, but I don't believe it or anything.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wyrmwoods'?
It doesn't have any "special" meaning, I just really liked the sound of it. I wanted the name to be pretty simple and generic like "Darkthrone" or something, that conjures up a lot of fitting associations and sounds cool while doing it. "Wyrm" here works both as a mythological serpent/dragon (like Jörmungandr in Norse mythology) and the Old English word for worm.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
At the moment it's a lot easier to work solo, since I also write the songs myself. Sometimes I don't even do that, for example "Primordial Waters / The Well of Urth" is almost completely improvised. Working with other musicians would require extra work and I think in this project I'd like to be in charge of everything, there's a certain charm to the concept of one man Black Metal bands.

7.The new album was released on 'Inverse Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
After I had released the album on Bandcamp, they soon contacted me through email.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
The feedback has been really great, I'm a bit surprised by all the very positive reviews. The sales haven't been quite on the same level, but the band's still so obscure.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'd like to keep mixing in different kinds of influences, keep it varied, maybe a bit more experimental on the next album. I'd also like to have better playing skills, but I'm too lazy to practice.

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?
I already named some influences you can hear in Wyrmwoods in question 2. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but the past few weeks I've been mostly listening to Esoteric, Catacombs, Molly Nilsson and Charles Mingus.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like movies and literature at least as much as music. I also do power lifting.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hope you like the new album, go buy it if you already haven't!

Dark Archive Interview

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

-We Formed this band in summer 2016. At the Beginning we had a purpose to bring something fresh in the todays black metal scene. We had found more members and recorder one EP, but it didn’t work and those members had to leave for personal reasons.



At summer 2017 we decided with Niko to start doing what it all was about at start. To create dark, devastating black metal with no apologies. Full speed and fast sawing  guitar riffs. Off course the satanism is involved highly in our band because that influences much in lyrics for example. So now we currently are two members:

Joakim Lindholm (Composing, nstruments, recordings)

Niko Aromaa (vocals, lyrics.

We stand before Dark Archive with our real names and real faces. We believe in what we are doing



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

-I have been listening black metal since 1994. In the 90’s there were my big favorites what i listened when i was teenager. Albums from those days have a lot of influence in our music. Maybe the most important band active since then have been Dark Funeral and Emperor. Our sounds and riff styles from those band are easily heard in our music





3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanism and Occultism topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

-We both share the same love for satanism. We think quite different about it still. I have been in dark arts since -96 i think? And i am the radical man in our band who supports also the violent ways to do things. I still admire those church burnings what created the wow factor back in the days, when those things happened in Norway and some in Finland also at those times. 



I do rituals, prayers, i live for Lucifer, i see light there where others see darkness. All my religious life is based on satanism and occultism. I read a lot dark literature. I will not go too far about this because this is a very personal thing for my elf. But yeah, our difference with Niko is about radicalism. I am the one who thinks Satan will conquer the earth. Niko’s aspects are more individualistic, self-improvement, philosophical stuff.





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



Dark Archive is two things. First it refers to those many kilometers long bookshelf’s hidden under Vatican city. Hidden archives that is not visible for public. The censor Church tells us about the writings and books that fit for their purposes.



Second it is a big respect for those early scene bands, So that is why the name has Dark in the front. No need to list those bands what i mean.

It's also a metaphor for all the mystery and aspects how dark arts are something people don’t understand in our existence.



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?



Yes, we are going to expand as a full line up piece by piece. At now we have a drummer searching going next release must be done with real drums for labels etc. Also we both want to spread the darkness on stages. We want to see how far this will carry us!







6.The ep was released on 'Inverse Records', how did you get in contact with this label?



-One very very good person (better not to mention names without promise) told Joni at Inverse Records about out plan to do a full EP of the songs and hit the Spotify etc. So Joni Contacted and offered he would be willing to do that. He is great person and has been big help for us in these hard early days.



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

-That is something what has been a bit unexpected for us. We haven’t had not even one negative feedback. Band has spread all over the world and we have had reviews like 10/10, 5/5, we have been compared to Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Marduk etc, songs are playing in radio channels etc.



For me Black metal is two things. It’s very great music and its about satanic approach to life. Hope the days are over when bands couldn’t sound good, i mean the recordingwise. This is black metal! How do we conquer the world with our message of Lucifer if the music doesn’t fit for todays listeners ears. We are living now inquisition days in Black metal.



8.Are any of the band members currently involved or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?



-Yes i play also bass and do some composing in William Blackswan (A horror core band), been playing guitar for ex in Murdershock which is now sadly dead. I have been playing over 20 year of guitar so Dark Archive is a many ways a spiritual child for both of us with Niko. What is important for me, i can do stuff that requires a lot from a guitar player and that’s nice. Also Niko has been practicing his BM screams a lot and now i can tell there are only few vocalists in the world who have the same skills and dynamic range from growls to screams that Niko has.

Niko is also vocalist and lyric writer in project Progeny of Sun.



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



-Dark Archive now bow to anyone, won’t make any compromises. Will will stay fast, brutal, dark and we are just going to create even better material for full length. It will be come out this year. Yesterday i started to record new material. And what seems also sure, is that next release will have real drums. We have been in touch with killer pro players who can play Dark Archive songs as they should be played!



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?

-I mostly listen classical music. It’s beautiful music and it inspires me a lot. And gives time to breathe. If you listen 240pbm blast beat 10 hours per day that will kill you. I think as a songwriter i can’t never have too much influences for composing music



On the BM scene i listen very much Naglfar at these days, also Havukruunu, Mgla, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Ragnarok. These i have now been listening a lot. I love and respect hundreds of BM bands, but these are the latest. Just to get the mood and influences to create the new material



Niko have been mostly listening Naglfar and Marduk lately. But he also listens a big variety of BM bands.

His out of the box relaxing happens thru 50's and 60's swing.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Family and nature and astral traveling for myself, for Niko it’s the same



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

-Darkness is beautiful, that is Dark Archives message to the world




Soul Dissolution/Stardust/Black Lion Records/2018 CD Review


  Soul  Dissolution  are  a  duo  from  Belgium  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  play  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Stardust"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements,  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  apathy  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Circle  of  Torment"  and  "Far  Above  The  Boiling  Sea  of  Life".  8  out  of  10.    

Phantasos/When My Soul Died/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Phantasos  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  extracorporeal  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "When  My  Soul  Died"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief use  of  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mix  in  elements  of  post  rock.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  being  mixed  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  shoegaze  touches  also  being  used  at  times  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Phantasos  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phantasos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lunar  Wolf"  and  "Immpbilizationn".  8  out  of  10.

    

Herjan/Nightfall Of Humanity/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Herjan  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nightfall  of  Humanity"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Herjan  plays  a  style  of  anti  human  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  war,  hatred,  darkness,  mythology  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Herjan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestral  Pact  Of  Blood"  "Anti-Human"  and  "Disciples  Of  Stars'.  8  out  of  10. 

    

Apoclibbon Doshol/Nowhere Near Stars/Vacula Productions/2017 Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Apoclibbon  Doshol  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  sci  fi  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Nowhere  Near  Stars"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blasts  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  be  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  Both  modern  and  old  school  influences  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  aggressive  and  chaotic  sounding.

  Apoclibbon  Doshol  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  fast  and  aggressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apoclibbon  Doshol  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Imdali  Nebula  System" "Genoma  Broxodha"  "Cordia"  and  "Anteus  Arion".  8  out  of  10.

Existenz Dizaster/Dekadenz/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Existenz  Dizaster  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Dekadenz"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  post  rock  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  touches  of  shoegaze  being  used  at  times  as  well  some  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumentals.

  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced parts  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Les  Discreets's  "Apres  L' Ombre"  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  words  being  used  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  progressive,  darkwave  and  ambient  can  be  heard.

  Existenz  Dizaster  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  post  rock,  ambient,  shoegaze  and  experimental  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  lyrics  when  they  are  utilized  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Existenz  Dizaster  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Dekadenz"  "Her  Dark  Elegance"  "Apocalypcity"  and  "Sweet Decadence".  8  out  of  10.

  

Dark Paramount/Factor Obscurus/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Dark  Paramount  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  perverse  and  necrooccult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Factor  Obscurus"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  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  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  synths  also  being  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Most  of  the  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era  while  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  along  with  some  death  metal  growls,  evil  laughter,  whispers  and  doom  metal  elements  being  used  at  times  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Dark  Paramount  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, evil,  mythology,  satanism,  luciferian  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Paramount  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolferian  Metampsychosis"  "Translyvanian  Dawn"  and  "Remphan  Rites".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

HexenHammer's Flame/Blood of Death Camps/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  HexenHammer's  Flame  are  a  solo  project  from Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Blood  Of  Death  Camps"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  thrash  elements  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  tremolo  [picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  HexenHammer's  Flame  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  along  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war, winter,  existentialism,  transpersonalism  and  rejection  of  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  HexenHammer's  Flame  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  with  touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Police  State"  "Pitting  Brothers"  "Shadow  of  The  Past"  and  "Majdenek".  8  out  of  10.

  

Veiled Interview

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

Veiled is a black metal band that I formed in 2015 after the demise of it’s predecessor, Gnosis of the Witch. I’d like to emphasize that this is not just a simple name change and that Veiled is an entirely separate entity. Musically the focus is heavily placed on creating a hypnotic and atmospheric vibe as opposed to a more visceral and aggressive approach.

2.In March you have your first full length come out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2015?

Yes, our debut album coming out via Iron Bonehead Productions is called Black Celestial Orbs. I feel that the music on the album is a continuation of what was presented on the demo, just with a much more clearer and powerful production. Atmospheric, hypnotic and entrancing.  My bandmate Dimman provided an incredible drum performance and producer Heljarmadr did an incredible job in recording, mixing and mastering the album. He also played bass and provided a very dynamic sound to the low end of the album. I definitely feel that we were in complete unison while piecing this album together as a collective unit.

3. When you where known as 'Gnosis Of The Witch', most of your lyrics dealt with 'Dark Thursian Worship' which is a lot more different than the traditional Asaturu religion, can you tell us a little bit more on the role it played in your earlier music?

GOTW was more or less a musical vessel for the lyrical and spiritual concept of a LHP ideology called Thursatru. It drove the overall vibe and energy of the band more-so than the actual music did. GOTW was basically a sonic invocation of the darker aspect of Norse magic, and sadly the music suffered because of it. I am personally happy that GOTW no longer exists and that Veiled took it’s place.

4.You refer to your music as 'hypnotic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Just as the title says, the idea is to create hypnotic music that puts you into a trance. By utilizing repetition and specific frequencies when playing a riff over and over for a prolonged period of time, as a listener it causes you to become engulfed in the music. In a sense, Veiled creates meditation vibrations within the music.

5.The lyrics on the new album deal with 'Cosmic Mysticism', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest and involvement with this esoteric thought form?

Cosmic Mysticism is kind of a term I “made up” because I didn’t know how else to describe the lyrical content I write for Veiled’s music. I have later on seen this term before in other bands (Darkspace comes to mind) so I can’t claim to have invented it, but it certainly fits what I do. To me, Cosmic Mysticism paints the picture of what’s beyond the veil of our physical world. I very much think and work within a Left Hand Path mindset so while the music came simply come off as “space worship” there really is a deeper level of thinking behind everything if you choose to read between the lines.

6.Originally the band was known as 'Gnosis of The Witch', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Veiled'?

As mentioned above, GOTW needed to end because the lyrical content and the music just were not up to par where I am currently at in life and as a musician. It was too limiting and too constricting. I had to move on to something new, which is why I ended GOTW and formed Veiled. The name comes from what is called “the veil”. It is what we identify as the separation from the physical and the astral realms. The gray area between high and low. The primordial mist that rests between worlds.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, would the band members be interested in adding in a 3rd or 4th member?

As of now, and for the foreseeable future, Veiled will remain as a duo on our records. Dimman and I work perfectly together and we want to keep what we have intact. Seeing as how Dimman and I live in separate countries, I have gathered together a group of excellent local musicians here in the local area to play live. Expect to see Veiled very soon.

8.Both of the band members live in different parts of the world, with one in Sweden and the United States, what kind of effect this does have on your musical style?

If anything it creates a stronger presence within our music because Dimman and I share a very similar philosophy when it comes to black metal. We are practically identical in our goals, drive and ambitions when it comes to writing and creating music for this band. Dimman brings that Scandinavian coldness and fluidity to his playing style and since my influences are mainly Swedish and Norwegian black metal bands it was a very easy fit for us to unify together.

9.According to the fb page the drummer is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals and Artbeat Drumsticks, can you tell us a little bit more about this endorsement?

Dimman: I like the quality around my kit. Soultone is a North American brand that produces handmade cymbals. They develop a unique sound with rare sizes that fits my purposes very well.
Artbeat is a company based in Germany that provides me with best possible sticks to my liking. They are crafted with a perfect combination of weight and balance and gives me a smooth feeling in my wrists while playing. I am very pleased to be able to work with them, they are very professional and these companies make sure that I have the best gear for my style of drumming.

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

We have gotten a lot of attention from around the world. Mainly of course from North America and Europe but also in other areas such as South America. Our music seems to be hitting a specific note with people who enjoy this style of music and we definitely hear from a lot of people about how much they enjoy what we do, so to everyone who has listened to and/or bought our music, thank you.

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

For right now, Veiled is going to focus on playing live for the time being. We want to play gigs, fests and eventually tour as much as possible to promote and spread the word about our debut album coming out in March. Of course, when the time is right Dimman and I will begin to write the sophomore release.

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

For as long as I have been playing black metal, my influences have never changed. I will always be inspired by Bathory, Katatonia, Burzum and Darkthone. Those four bands in some what shape or form have inspired me on every level when I write music. As far as newer bands out now that I really enjoy, I have to show my respect to Grá, SEIÐ, Mystagos, Ifrinn, Uada, and Eosphoros. These guys are true masters of their craft and I believe that they all bring something unique to the scene. Support the true underground! BLOOD FIRE DEATH!

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


We are the remnants of the cosmic giants that burned eons ago. The pillars of creation let lose the primordial dust to build life within our bones. We are the sons and daughters of the gap that was fed fire and ice, for the poisonous rivers flows within our veins.


/Niðafjöll

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fleurs du Mal/And I Can Suffer Crying Blood/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Fleurs  du  Mal  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  pays  a  very  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "And  I  Can  Suffer  Crying  Blood"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  drum  beats  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  along  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  is  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Fleurs  du  Mal  plays  a  style  of  post  black metal  that  is  also  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fleurs  du  Mal  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Illusory  Night"  and  "The  last  Moment".  8  out  of  10.     

Betula/I Surely Like The Words Of Hate You Say/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Betula  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  national socialist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "I  Surely  Like  The  Words  Of  Hate  You  Say"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  An  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being utilized  at  times  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  song  being  an  instrumental  that  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  after  an  ambient  track  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Meduza's  "Be  Someone  Else".

  Betula  plays  a  style  of  national  socialist  black  metal  that  i very  raw  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while the  lyrics  history,  battles,  folklore  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Betula  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flames"  "And  I  Surely  Like  The  Words  Of  hate  You  Say"  and  "Be  Someone  Else".  8  out  of  10.
   

  

A' Repit/Magna Leggenda/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  A'  Repit  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Magna  Leggenda"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Water  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album along  with  some  epic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  a  brief  use  of  grim  whispers  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  while  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  a  couple  of  instrumentals  which  use  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  A'  Repit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Alpine  history,  legends  and  traditions.

  In  my  opinion  A'  Repit  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Magna  Leggenda"  "Revenants"  and  "II  Sentiero  Dei  Morti".  8  out  of  10.

Myrkraverk/Naer Doden/Blut & Eisen Productions/2018 CD Review


  Myrkraverk  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays a   Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  folk  music   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Naer  Doden"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Blut  &  Eisen  Productions.

  A  sci  fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  melodic  and  clean.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling   and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Nordic  second  wave  tradition .

  The  solos  and  leads  bringing  in more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with a  brief  use  of  clean  viking  chants  and  female  vocals  and  one  song  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording. 

  Myrkraverk  plays  a  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  folk  music  elements  as  well  as  taking  the  genre  into  more  of  an  original  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Nordic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Myrkraverk  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual"  "Blakvit"  "Instinkt"  and  "Nordvegen  II".  8/5  out  of  10.