Sunday, December 16, 2018

Shaytan Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. I formed the Horde Shaytan in April 2015. The proposal is to make a Black Metal fast and dense. I initially looked for the guitarist Claudius and together we composed "Ishtar" and "Lords of Hell", then invited the bassist Alan N. and the drummer Getúlio.


2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. We chose this style because it is heavier and we also opted for a sharper recording where you can listen to all the instruments without losing the aggressiveness of Black metal, and live faithfully what you hear on the cd.

3.Your lyrics go into Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
 3. Yes, I speak in my letters on this subject, for it is a fascinating mythological strand. The way these ancient civilizations lived, their rituals and their history are incredibly influential and creators of magic.

4.With the band name and some of your other lyrics you also go into Satanism, can you tell us how you got interested in the dark arts?
 4. Yes, Shaytan means Satan in Arabic, the opponent. The mythology on board is part of ancient Mesopotamia, region of present-day Iran, the Middle East itself. Sumerian rituals have influenced many satanic sects. I became interested in the black arts for the self-knowledge they give me. Like "Goetia," "Chaos Magik," and other strands of the left-hand path that teaches us that the satanic way is the path of total freedom.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
 5. The cover of the EP Ancient Shadows displays the demon "Ugallu", one of the monsters created by Tiamat. In the epic of "Enuma Elish" tells how he helped rebuild the world from the corpses of opponents. It is also a symbol of protection, in amulets it appears with the demon "Lulal".

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. All shows are very intense and full of energy. We try to convey to the audience all the fury of our music, and the audience responds by shaking all the time.

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

7. We have some shows scheduled in our state. There are no proposals for concerts that interest us at the moment, since many do not favor the band, and we do not accept being used by opportunist producers.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. We are an independent band for now. Of course it would be great to sign with a respected and professional seal, but for now we are totally independent.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
 9. Ancient Shadows EP has been released on digital platforms and on the internet. We have received many positive responses from fans and some labels have shown interest in our work. In Mexico the label "Alexia Records" released earlier this year our EP Ancient Shadows.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We are preparing a Full length, we intend to release until the end of 2019, we have all the songs ready and we are recording. Also in January we will record our first video clip.

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

11. The old school bands like Dark Throne, Celtic Frost. I'm currently listening to quite a bit of Dead Can Dance, Basil Poledouris, plus underground metal bands.

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

12. First of all I want to thank you for the space and support, the work that Occult Black Metal Zine performs is super important. I also want to thank everyone who attends our shows, everyone who bought the EP and merchandising, that helps us a lot. "THE FLAME DOES NOT BURN ME, I AM THE FIRE".

Grey Aura/De bezwijkende deufd/Tartarus Records/2019 Demo Review


  Grey  Aura  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  demo  "De  bezwijkende  deufd"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Tartarus  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly angry  shouts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  dissonant  yet  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  clean  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  getting  more  tortured  and  tormented  sounding.

  Grey  Aura  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  still  being  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Zazimar  Malevich,  Wassilly  Kandinsky,  Georges  Bataille  and  Arthur  Rimbaud.

  In  my  opinion  Grey  Aura  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  onnoemelijke  verleidelijkheid  van  de bezwijkende  deugd"  and  "Sierlijke  schaduwmond".  8  out  of  10.

Myrholt/Nordland/Myrholt Design/2018 Full Length Review


  Norway's  Myrholt  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Nordland"  which  was  released  by  Myrholt  Design.

  Raw  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  very  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  grim  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  some  of  the  more  modern  atmospheric  style.

  Myrholt  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Myrholt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fra  Morketid  Mot  Solgangbris"  "Svopt  i  Kulde"  and  "Fra  Ragnarok  til  Indre  Stillhet".  8  out  of  10    

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Mavorim/Silent Leges Inter Arma/Purity Through Fire/2018 CD Review


  Mavorim  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  raw  and old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Silent  Leges  Inter  Arma"  which  was  released  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  guitar solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  melodic  tone  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  ambient  outro.

  Mavorim  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  murder,  hate,  paranormal  activities,  paganism  and  German  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mavorim  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Fleisch  der  Engel"  "Heimatboden"  and  "Der  Told  wolt  ich  sein".  8  out  of  10.  

Organ/Everything Is Pared Down. Minimal Expectations/Duplicate Records/2018 CD Review


  Organ  are  a  band  with  members  from  Norway  and  Italy  that  plays  a  very  progressive,  experimental  and  instrumental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Everything  Is  Pared  Down.  Minimal  Expectations"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Industrial  elements  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  as  well  as  being  very  progressive  at  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  fast  tremolo  picking  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  one  track  also  introduces  harmonicas  onto  the  recording.

  Organ  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  progressive  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  while  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Organ  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  "IV"  and  "VII">  8 out  of  10.

  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Call OfThe Red Forest/Tell Your Fears/2018 EP Review


  Call  Of  The  Red  Forest  is  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Tell  Your  Fears".

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  field  recordings  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.
 
All  of the  music  is  instrumental  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  with  the  average  being  around  2  minutes  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  synths  and  classical  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording..


  Call  Of  The  Forest  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  all  instruemntal  and  diverse  while  also  having  its  raw  moments  and  mixing  in  some  acoustic  and  classical  guitars  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.

  In  my  opinion  Call  Of  The  Red  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tenebris"  Ritual"  and  "Black  Attack".  8  out  of  10.

Shadow's Mortuary Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
-We are a black metal band called Shadow's Mortuary located in Oulu (nothern Finland). We started the band with Ovda in 2013 and plan was to play straight-forward black metal with melancholic influence. Later we needed a guitarist and bassist to play our songs in live. Raum came to play guitar and Kaos for bass in 2017. Our first ep Kylmään Hautaan was released digitally in august 2015. First Full-lenght Tulen Valtakunta came out in november 2018 through label called Purity Through Fire.

2.Recently you have released your first full length album, what are some of the things the band had done different musically on this recording that you where not able to do on your previous ep's?
- In the EP, all songs were  composed for two guitars at beginning when there was only Void and Ovda in the Band. At that time, we had no bigger future plans, just trying to make songs to see does it work at all. Vocals were recorded but never exactly performed in rehearsals example. When we gathered the rest of the band and started rehearsals Void noticed that He could'nt get the right feeling on vocals. The energy was missing what Void was looking for, so He decided to choose a different vocal style to make it happen. Guitars was re-arranged for single guitar and vocal style has changed so much that there was major change in sound comparing the Ep and full-length sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new release?
- In Tulen Valtakunta album lyrics are dealing with darkness, insanity of humankind, anti-religious themes and hatred mainly.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadow's Mortuary'?
-Shadow's Mortuary name is about dark sides of a humankind that lies deep in subconsciousness. The name is inspired by the ”Shadow archetype” coined by Carl Jung.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented
on the new album cover?
-Tulen Valtakunta album artwork symbolizes the name of the album which means in english "Realm of Fire". Candles on fire,  fire which is one of the very powerful elements that exist in our universe.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
-We haven't played live yet but I can promise that our stage performance will be aggressive and atmospheric.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
- There is two confirmed shows coming at this point in Finland. One in december 2018 @Tukikohta, Oulu and second in february 2019 @Ilokivi, Jyvöskylä.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
- Feedback has been mainly great around the world. It has been great to see that the finnish language is not a problem for the fans to enjoy our music.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- Basic elements that makes our sound will be in place at future also but of course there will be development in us as musicians all the time. We are currently working with new songs for second full-lenght album and if everything will go as planned the album will see the daylight in 2019.

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?
- Black metal and Dark ambient are the main musical genres that our main composer Void  listens to daily. Some example bands Void  prefers Gorgoroth, Horna, Cosmic Church and Ajattara from black metal; from dark ambient there will be Raison d'être and The Haxan Cloak.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
- I have been reading quite a lot of satanic and occult literature in past years.these are very fascinating topics to read.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or
thoughts?
- Check out our debut album and if you like it or not give us a feedback and come to see our shows.
Best Regards: Void/Shadow's Mortuary

Malamorte/Hell For All/Rockshot Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Malamorte  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  their  early  recordings  played  more  of  a  traditional  black  metal  style  but  have  evolved  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  heavy,  power,  thrash  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Hell  For  All"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Rockshot  Records.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  thrash  influenced  direction  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  clean  of  a  clean  traditional  metal  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  80's  influences.

  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  power  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  organs  can  also  be  heard.

  On  his  recording  Malamorte  moves  away  from  the  traditional  style  of  black  metal  of  previous  releases  to  go  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  heavy,  power,  thrash  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malamorte  and  while  some  of  the  more  hardcore  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  can  see  fans  of   thrash,  power  and  heavy  metal  enjoying  the  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antichrist"  "Hell  For  All""Satan's  Slave"  and  "God  Is  Nothing".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Perverticon/Wounds Of Divinity/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Perverticon  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Wounds  Of  Divinity"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls, chants,  and  melodic guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.

  Perverticon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Murder,  Sex  and  Extinction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perverticon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thirsting  For  Ruin"  "The  Cause  Of  Absolution"  "Breath  Of  Sulphur_Aura  Of  Flies"  and  "Holy  Gifts  From  Skinless  Hands".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Scars In Pneuma/The Path Of Seven Sorrows/Promethean Fire/Kolony Records/2018 CD Review


  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  APth  Of  Seven  Sorrows"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  as  a  joint  effort  between  Promethean  Fire  and  Kolony  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  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  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  death  metal  at  times,  one  song  also  introduces  female  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard.

  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  melodic  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  death  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dealing  with  your  own  demons,  life's  biggest  regrets,  the  passing  of  time  and  the  beloved  people  we  lost  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  :"Souls  Are  Burning"  'The  Secrets  That  We  Keep"  and  "The  Glorious  Empire  Of  Sand".  8  out  of  10.

Gravkade/Grav|aska/Avantgarde Music/2018 Full Length Review Review



  Gravkade  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Grav|aska"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  synths  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  as  the  album  progresses a   brief  use  of  rain  and  tribal  sounds  can  be  heard.

  Gravkade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  sorrow  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravkade  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dodpsalm"  and  "Sorgeakt".  8  out  of  10. 

  

10:13 Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
- Certainly, this is a band that is hard to pin down in a defined genre, but it's soley focused on Dark/depressive song structures. It's geared towards people who feel happiness from music that is morose. It's a celebration of having no end filter. It's the ultimate self-help casket pamphlet. It's BLACK METAL, but it's got a deformed head growing off and taking over the entire body.

2. You have an album coming out during the beginning of 2019, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
- I let my skills as a drummer take the lead when thinking about the energy source the listener will be looking for in extreme metal; my beginnings from Death Metal drumming are more apparent in my style than your average Black Metal band. From that point with every instrument I wanted to create a wall where every note and chord has been tediously filtered to have absolutely no uplifting progression. I needed to create something I could listen to that took me to this 'end of the world' feeling that many of my influences left off at.

3. The musical project is considered instrumental but there were a few black metal screams used every now and then, do you consider the vocals you use as being more of a musical instrument?
- I had a very biased opinion of doing any vocals from the start. Long story short: 20 years ago I was so overcome by Deinonychus' (Holland) cd releases, that it changed the way I heard every vocalist after that.  Nobody would ever be able to come off like the Mighty Marco Kehren so I didn't have ANY interest what-so-ever in going backwards. But I did need to add that element of the listener being pulled down through a vortex into hell, so I pulled the mic out for a second. The instuments always serve to take the lead. I notice when drifting off to instrumental music, I am able to go deeper in a trance because the vocals are not pulling me back to reality. I'm trying to escape the thought of people, not be reminded of them.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name '10:13'? 
- It's the 1's and 0's that attracted me. After years of hearing repeat band names I could hardly remember, I felt numbers were a little more appealling to the tone I'm trying to set here. Searching 10:13 will come up with any number of meanings: disturbing codes.....a day that is of interest to me though is October 13th (every 6 years a Friday) a birthday. I liked how Prog dudes would just name the whole band after their legal name. There was never any gimmicks or fluff with them. It was my version of doing that aswell.

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album? 
- I was surprised I had any drawing ability in me beyond a bad stick figure. I took a beginning drawing class 5 years ago and an assignment was the cattle skull I altered and used on the back of the cd. In the middle of this 1st charcoal drawing, I came up with a concept I knew had emotion and truth. So the gas mask on the animal is a vision of our planet's legacy. This will be far after mankind is gone, but I do believe it's a little to late with peoples attitudes about abundantly having kids. The lands will be to toxic for any life. I trace this back to the discovery of iron/metals and the killing effects mankind quickly adopted with them. Through swords, bullets, and now nanotechology it's so interesting to see how reckless we are.  I'm not saying any of this is right or wrong....just simply observing it all.  The front cover drawing I did to represents the future/eerily looks more like the present.

6. In what part of the United States is the musical project based at?
-Lovely Southern California.

7. Most of the music on the album was recorded solo, would you be open to expanding into a full line up and doing live shows?
- I've often thought that vision through but unfortunately I would need 7 other members to match the layering in my songs. If somehow people came knocking; I'm convinced I'm too far gone at this point to open 10:13's writing to anyone beyond exclusive guest appearances (which I greatly enjoy.)  I do have an angle for any small shows I'll be assembling; That being next to no one-man BM bands I know of play live drums. And isn't that why every man, woman, and child wakes up in the morning for: drummers.

8. You also had a few guests on the recording, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and there contributions?
- Certainly. I had my Dad on the album playing some acoustic chords that would've taken me ages to never of been able to play it. Plus he set me off from birth into never accepting mediocre music so it felt right.
  Next I had gotten Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X), to help out on two tracks. One of them being the final track off the album which he pretty much wrote 70% of the song!
   My drum engineer/recording professor Dennis Anderson then laid down a bass solo on the middle of the album I am still in shock of some years later. 
   Concluding the guest appearances is my bud Mario Romero laying down some guitar solos on spots I'd felt needed some flair. He did a brief few shows as fill-in drummer for Letum Ascensus and will be showcased on future 10:13 recordings along with any other musician's I admire.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
- After brief thought into the subject I decided to keep it all under my control under the name UncleBaby Records. I did everything from scratch as most bands do nowadays. I'd already paid for the recording time so I really didn't see what a label could offer me except for unsolicited advice at this point. I never wanted to bear the sins or 'labels' other bands may have gotten from being affiliated with any sector of the music business. I needed to set the tone for the label I chose.

10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
- I guess I'm still waiting to see the reaction beyond America. Local reaction has been optimistic and some of the comments are exactly what I intended to go for. Im just glad that I wasn't the only one that felt there had been a hole left in the genre. And plus the challenge from trying to pull a BM crowd was always attractive to me. If you put your average Joe on stage with an instrument in front of an expectant/hardend metal crowd; chances are they'd wet themselves. But many of are us are like : "Sure, can I light some fire on-stage?".

11. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
- At the moment I've kept all my effort focused within this band. In the 90's I played some cool headlining shows with many of the big bands back then at the Corona Showcase Theater in California. I kept working at drums since then, but at 38 this is my musical recording debut. I had some near misses far in the past of recording with some Relapse Rec. bands, but honestly looking back I'm relieved nothing ever happened until this point. I'm terribly critical of my every move and knowing any of those premature recordings were out there would've nagged at the back of my mind. Though being a drummer since '93 and NOT having any recordings of myself did come with it's share of mental distress.

12. Where do you see yourself heading in the future musically? 
-Now that I have an idea what it takes to record myself, I'd say what I come up with from here on out should be greatly beyond what I've done so far regarding darkness and production. This debut is 'me just waking up'. "Making a dry turkey sandwich", you could say. I feel I'm nowhere near my peak at drums which is promising. I plan to start arranging/pre-recording my already written second album a month after this debut is released. Some songs can take months as a whole. And I'll be rehearsing for live shows and making those videos available on youtube.

13. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
- lm pretty split between Progressive Rock and extreme metal so they've all had an influence on me: Nidingr, Ved Buens Ende/Virus, Kvist, Planet X, Phillip Glass,
Grifteskymfning, Xasthur, Deinonychus, Camper Van Beethoven, Yattering, Virgil Donati Band, Yellow Eyes, Evilfeast, Gentle Giant, Morbid Angel, Derek Sherinian, Enoid/Borgne, Darkspace, Abigor, Limbonic Art, Incantation, Tony MacAlpine are all worth a mention.

14. What are some of your non musical interests?
- Before music became a thing with me I was into anything remote controlled. I might get back into that when I'm an old man. Also I am hypnotized and smitten with anything regarding cats. They're always on my mind and I'm constantly thinking of ways to become closer with them. They have never let me down or ever disappoint me. I believe they're the best companion on the planet. The way they can look at you is hilarious! They're just so perfect and loving.

15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
- I'm a firm believer in holding a band's physical album in your hands. Regarding sound quality, it's a no brainer for anyone with respect for music. Before the internet lifted the veil, there was true mystery behind the lives of the artist. The cd of their's you were holding was the only clue for you to piece together the meaning behind these great songs of theirs. I hope enough of this internet exposure has proven to many to be a bad thing and bands and fans seek to go underground a bit more. Too much of one thing can be awful and if kids went and purchased any cd it would give them time to marinate in all that it has to offer. I do recognize the ease of access and avenues the web has offered, but it's obvious we sold part of our soul to gain those few perks...

Thank you for the interview.   -Neil Carter
http://1013.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/1013neilcarter/

Monday, December 10, 2018

Asmodee/Aequilanx/Battlesk'rs Productions/2018 Demo Re-Issue Review


  Asmodee  where  a  band  from  France  that  played    very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  demo  "Aequilanx"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  December, 14, 2018  by  Battlesk'rs  Productions.

  Blast  beats  start  off  the  demo  before  adding  in  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  demonic  growls  are  also  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow.  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  bringing  out  the  raw  style  that  was  very  common  during  that  era  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  as  well  as the  guitar  leads  also  keeping  the  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  Asmodee  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and  aggressive  for  the  time  it  was  released  and  still  holds  up in  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asmodee  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Great  Final  Justice"  and  "Cain's  Black  Spells".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dictator/Dysangelist/Aesthetic Death/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Dictator  are  a  solo  project  from  Cyprus  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2008  album  "Dysangelist"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2019  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  sounding  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal.

  The  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  Dictaor  plays  a  musical style  that takes  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  anti  religion,  suicide  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dictator  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dysangelist"  and  "Monolithos".  8  out  of  10. 

Shaytan/Ancient Shadows/2017 EP Review


  Shaytan  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Ancient  Shadows".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  on  the  closing  track  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Shaytan  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Sumerian/Assyrian/Babylonian  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shaytan  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lords  Of  Hell" and  "Dark  Mistress  Of  Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Valle Crucis/Iron & Blood/Pagan Pride Records/Narcoleptica Productions/2018 CD Review


  Valle  Crucis  are  a  band  from  South  Carolina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  destructive  and  violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Iron  &  Blood"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Pagan  Pride  Records  and  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  era.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

 On  this  recording  Valle  Crucis  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  hate  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valle  Crucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  night"  "Soul  Fucker"  and  "Iron  &  Blood".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

10:13/Result Of An Iron Age/2019 Full Length Review


  10:13  are  a  solo  project  the  United  States  that  plays  a  progressive  form of depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  'Result  Of An  Iron  Age"  which  will  be  released  in  2019.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  harmonicas's  start  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  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words  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  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  samples also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  10:13  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  experimental  sounding  while  only  using  a  small  amount  of  vocals  as  a  musical  instrument  and  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  10:13  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oathbade"  "Misanthropic  Delirium"  "Nashiteric"  and  "A  Day  too  Late".  8  out  of  10.       

Ulvdalir/...Of Death Eternal/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Ulvdalir  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "...Of  Death  Eternal"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of melodic  chants  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  getting  very  deep  at  times.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ulvdalir  plays  a  style  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  Worship,  Nihilism  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ulvadir  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakening"  "Swords  Of  Belial"  and  "Eternal  Angel  of  Death Eternal".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Djevelkult/Kyy/Nihil Kaos/Kult Of Kaos Serpent/Saturnal/2018 3 Way Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Norway's  Djevelkult,  Finland's  Kyy  and  Turkey's  Nihil  Kaos  called  "Kult  of  Kaos  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  on  December  8th  by  Saturnal  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Djevelkult  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  Nordic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  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  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  death,  darkness,  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Djevelkult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Life  Devoid".

  Next  up  is  Kyy  who  return  with  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  demonic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  after  awhile t he  vocals  start  adding  in  angry  shouts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kyy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ingress_Womb  of  Lilith".

  Closing  the  split  is  Nihil  Kaos  who  return  with  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  which  get  more  high  pitched  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in a   decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  fo  acoustic  gutiars  can  also  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos-Gnostic  Satanism,  Death  and  End  Of  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nihil  Kaos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Claws  Of  The  Tempter".

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

    

Der Rote Milan/Moritat/Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork/2019 Full Length Review


  Der  Rote  Milan  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Moritat"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Unholy  Conspiracy  Deathwork.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls.

  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  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  chanting  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Der  Rote  Milan  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  real  life  stories  that  took  place  back  in  the  30  year  war  of  the  17th  century.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Der  Rote  Milan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Habsucht"  and  "Moritat".  8  out of 10.

Joys Of Life Interview

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

1. Since the release of ,,Ausweg/Existenzfeind”, and also some time before the actual release, I’ve been working on new material. Musically I’ve been experimenting a lot, and implementing some changes I’ve deemed according to the further development, direction where the Joys of Life is heading. It is something I am constantly working on, since I am no longer active in any other musical project. On another notice, since a few months, I’ve been rehearsing with session musicians in order to realize some live appearances.



 2.In April you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you have not done with previous releases?

2. Not just musically, but all-round I feel that this album is far more well thought out than the first one. Dem Tod sei Dank is more straightforward, everything is overfilling from beginning to end, while the release in question is more paced, not only in the song construction but as a whole. I’ve re-recorded the whole album several times until I was satisfied with the result, also with Maledictor, the person responsible for the mixing and mastering, we took our time so that we get the most out of the music, without loosing anything of the essential spirit and everything else around it. I’ve been using more or less the same equipment, which I just lately updated, and also programmed drums the same way, yet creatively it came out much different in my opinion.



3.You refer to your as 'life poisoning black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

3. I’ve never been keen on putting labels of any kind unto this project. Since I try to evade the term DSBM out of multiple reasons, 'life poisoning black metal' seemed very appropriate. The lyrics are hermetic in a literary sense. There are many symbols scattered around in my work and the listener is the one who is to make himself a picture of them. One could say they are open to interpretation in a sense that they give the listener a chance to think about them, while being also guided by the music that has been inspired by thoughts, insights and experiences. All this the listener takes in in a way, like smoke or air that is inhaled. The term itself comes from Necheshetrion and Demoness of Zly Demiurg. I feel that both of them understood all this, and why I believe it is fitting.



4.This is your first release in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

4. Yes, except the writing itself of the new material, I was active in two other bands during the time. The first one was an experimental noize/drone/blackened band under the name of ЖЕГОР . Danilo, the frontman an I were composing the songs, although later on Danilo took over for the most part. We were having live gigs performing own songs with some major bands, we were planning to record an album but eventually the project disbanded, mainly because of the mental and psychological problems Danilo was facing at the time, which still is one big shame, because he deleted and probably burned all that had to do with or reminded him of ЖЕГОР. The other band is Kobb and is still active, doing their thing. I left mainly because of my lack of time to truly give my part as a bassist, and because of the creative differences we have had. Also, as I mentioned, the recording of Ausweg/Existenzfeind took way much more time than intended, as the songs were written and ready by the first half of 2017. I learned by experience at this time what things to try and people to evade when trying to make my work the best possible.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Joys of Life'?

5. Joys of Life is a name that sounds just sarcastic to some, others asked me if it has to do with the Crowlean term of ,,Joy” and yet others found a correlation with the band ,,Happy Days”. Truth is that it is none of the above. To me, it is the progress of overcoming oneself, station by station tearing down and amputating parts of oneself that slow one down in a process of elevation, becoming something greater that anything material can ever be or become. I do not write music to leave something behind, nor do I do it to speak to anybody. I just let manifest the things that go through myself, and tear away bit by bit, things which I believe life itself doesn’t compare to. This endless well of manifestations is what gave birth to the name also.



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

6. The artwork was envisioned during the finishing phase of the album, it is composed in a symbolic manner. As in the true art itself I believe, if it is sincere, one gives a part of himself into the work. In the cover this culminates in the figure cutting off its own head and offering it up while becoming part of a godly figure himself. Each item presented has a connection to one of the songs, which themselves represent stations in giving up oneself for something greater and more meaningful than life and being itself. I would sincerely like the listener or the one who is looking at the picture at this point, to unveil and decipher himself the further meanings and symbolism's therein. On a personal level, it has spiritual meaning, which is accompanied by its other part, the music, and the listener which takes it in, and makes it complete.



7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

7. During the three years, while working on the album, I also tried working with other musicians on this project. The aim was to improve musically and also do live drums on the recordings. There also were a few rehearsals with different lineups but it never really worked as intended. Perhaps the time was not right, or the Ideas weren’t ripe enough. There was a lack of commitment of the musicians, but also some creative and ideological differences was always present so eventually I put an end to it, and continued to work alone to preserve the essence and spirit of Joys of Life. So yes, I’d rather work alone than lose an essential part of my work for a slightly better ,,sound” or some live performances. Since recently, me and a drummer, as well as an old friend, JK, started to work together. Time will tell if the fruits of this cooperation will be fit to release to the public or not.



 8.The new album was released on cassette through 'Zly Demiurg' and the cd through 'Jesboligakurac Records', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

8. Both labels put very much spirit into releasing ,,Ausweg / Existenzfeind”. Jesboligakurac records is an underground diy label located in the village of Brus in Serbia. Packe, the owner is a very enthusiastic person working with all kind of genres he sees fit, from grindcore to black metal to some noise projects. Our cooperation was quick and efficient as the cd release itself took only about a month.
 Zly Demiurg is from Poland, Necheshetrion and Demoness do only casette releases, old-school style in limited quantities. I was acquainted with their work from before and actually own some releases of them. They focus their work on black metal with many polish but also other, international bands on their rooster, with quality and spirit over quantity in mind when it comes to their work. Both are worth checking out if one is interested in sincere diy style releases and values idea and spirit over production. Hails to P., N., and D.!!!

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

9. As far as I see, positive. I wouldn’t go as far as considering myself someone who is having a ,,fanbase”, but what I see is that people value the music if they sense that there has been put effort into it, and so do I as well. The first album has been sold out since spring 2016 at Depressive Illusions and is since available only online. I’m considering a re-release in the near future. Ausweg / Existenzfeind is also getting decent to good reviews for now, although the most important thing for me  of course is and will be, that I myself am satisfied with what I have conjured, and that it is the best I could possibly do, for this kind of work deserves nothing less.



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

10. Since the release of ,,Dem Tod sei Dank”, creatively and intellectually a lot has changed. The material I work on in the present is different on many levels, so all I can say at the moment is, that certain changes, from the roots on will happen. I will of course continue the project in the same vein, but since the release of ,,Ausweg/Existenzfeind”, I got the opportunity to improve on many things, and this will reflect upon the musical work accordingly.



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

11. The two bands that have had the most influence on Joys of Life recently are Obsequiae and Chaos Echoes. Both bands are unique in their own way, and this is what one should strive for in my opinion. Also, Kalmankantaja and Antimateria were very important and defining in a way. Nowadays, on another notice I listen to some more recently released albums.  Svartidauði and Acherontas are two of the black metal bands whose 2018 releases I’m constantly coming back to. Also, Gnosis Kardias from Inferno and all releases of Cult of Fire. I also listen to a lot of dungeon synth and (dark) ambient nowadays, here I’d mention Dark Tower (old – school DS) Spectral Lore and Coph Nia.



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

12. Thank you for the interview! Ausweg / Existenzfeind is available at:

https://jesboligakurac.jimdo.com/releases/

http://zlydemiurg.blogspot.com/