Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Decoherence/Ekpyrosis/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Full Length Review


  Decoherence  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  United  Kingdom  and  the  United  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ekpyrosis"  which  will  be  released  on  November  22nd  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a r aw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  Elements  of  industrial  and  ambient  are  also  added  into  a  lot of  the  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  martial  touches.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  electronic  noise  soundscapes  but  keeping  the  focus  mostly  on  a  heavier  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  otherworldly  dimension  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decoherence  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  industrial  and  atmospheric  black  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primordial  Replicator"  and  "Dimensionless  Angular  Momentum".  8  out  of  10.

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Brethren/Effigy/2019 EP Review


  Brethren  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic form form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  ep  "Effigy".

  A  very  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into    heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  an  the  music  also  has  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well a s  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

 At  times  the  bass  guitars  are  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  while  some  ritualistic  elements  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  As  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  one  song  being  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Brethren  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  ritualistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  war,  rituals  and  terror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Brethren  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Mist"  and  "Damnation".  8  out  of  10.

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Ragnarok/Non Debellicata/Agonia Records/2019 CD Review


  Norway's Ragnarok  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  traditional  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Non  Debellicata"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Heavy  riffing  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  When  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  style.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  While  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  90's  it  still  maintains  a  very  modern  atmosphere  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  which  also  mostly  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  darkness,  historical,  Satanism  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ragnarok  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Non  Debellicata"  "Nemesis"  "The  Gospel Of  Judas  Iscariot"  and  "Asphyxiation".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/QoAWtJB3ZeI

  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Atavicus/Di Eroica Sirpe/Earth And Sky Productions/2019 CD Review


    Atavicus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  pagan  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Di Eroica Sirpe"  which  was  released  by  Earth  And Sky  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  synths  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a r aw  feeling  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  and  classical  guitars.

  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  approach.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  war,  traditionalism,  paganism  and  atavism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Atavicus  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Come  nasce  un  eroe"  "Diviba  lamainvitta"  and  "Dieroica  stirpe".  8  out  of  10.

 
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Nefarious Dusk/The Wanderer Of The Cold North/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review


  Nefarious  Dusk  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  Cumbrian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Wanderer  Of  The  North"  which  was  released  on  November  30th  by Purity  Through  Fire.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal s creams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  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  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric sounding  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  some  more  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  vocals  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cumbrian  Mythology  and  Winter  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Nefarious  Dusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cumbrian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hodbarrow"  "Swinside  Stone  Circle"  "Doll  Tor"  and  "Millom  pt2".  8  pout  of  10.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Deadly Carnage/Decadenza/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Deadly  Carnage  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  more  of  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Decadenza"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  December.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  metal  influences.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  acoustic  guitars  also  return  in  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  also  introduces  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric sounding  as  well  as  the  music  being  more  black  metal  rooted  than  what  was  to  become  on  later  releases.  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  most  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  European  pagan  religions and  the  witchcraft  trials  of  the  15th  century.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deadly  Carnage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1486"  and  "Facing  The  Path  To  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sertraline/These Mills Are Oceans/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2019 EP Review


  Sertraline  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "These  Mills  Are  Oceans"which  was  released  by Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements of  post  rock  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  mix  in  some  touches  of  shoegaze  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  once  the  music  gets  heavier.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sertraline  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Their  Cities".  8  out  of  10.

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Haxandraok/Ki Si Kil Ud Da Kar Ra/Van Records/2019 CD Review


  Haxandraok  are  a  duo  with  embers  from  Poland  and  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ki  si  Kil  Ud  Da  Kar  Ra"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Van  Records.

  Ethnic  sounding  musical  instruments  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Clean  vocals  can  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  an  angry  shouting  black metal  style. while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blat  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ritualistic  music  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic guitars  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hexcraft,  qliphotic  sorcery  and  the  Draconian  current.

  In  my  opinion  Haxandraok  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  occult  black  emtal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Temptress  Of  UD  DA  KAR  RA"  and  "Lilith  Unbound".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/n37smgZs2f0        

Friday, November 15, 2019

Hexekration Rites/Desekration Manifesto/Atavism Records/2019 EP Review


  Hexekration  Rites  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  chaotic mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Desekration  Manifesto"  which  will  be  released  on  November  22nd  by  Atavism  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction. The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  sounding  melodies.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well a s  also  having  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  death  metal  elements,  as  well  as  the  vocals  mixing  in  a  angry  yet  blackened  approach  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful  and  esoteric  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Hexekration  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  chaotic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Altar  Of  Madness" and  "Ascension".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/VJ5pxVob2e4 

Trepas/L'heritage du monde/Sepulchral Productions/2019 CD Review


  Trepas  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  harsh,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "l'heritage  du  monde"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by Sepulchral  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  has  its  melancholic  moments.  Deep  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in   French  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trepas  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L'Aube"  and  "Errance".  8  out  of  10.

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Comando Praetorio/Ignee Sacerta Ctonie/ATMF/2019 CD Review


  Comando  Praetorio  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  apocalyptic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ignee  Sacera  Ctonie"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  ATMF.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  more  modern  side  of  the  black  metal  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Hirpi  Sorani  chthontic  fire  cults  of  Mount  Soratte.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Comando  Praetorio  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  apocalyptic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbarie  della  pieta"  and  "Ignee  sacera  ctonie".  8  out  of  10.

http://atmfsssdtp.bandcamp.com/album/ignee-sacert-ctonie

  

End Of Mankind Interview


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



END OF MANKIND is a black metal band from Paris founded in 2015 by 5 people with different backgrounds. The spectrum of influences of the band is quite broad, let’s say that we stand somewhere between THE RAMONES and DISSECTION.



The band wrote a first EP called "Faith Recoil" and released it in 2016 on vinyl, CD and cassette and then released a split cassette with KATACOMBES in 2017. The first full length album will be released on November 8th on CD version through MALEFICARUM RECORDS and MALLEVS RECORDS and exclusively on MALLEVS RECORDS for the cassette version.



2.In November you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous splits and ep?



“Faciem Diaboli” is very straight in your face, intense as well as contrasted by quiet and contemplative parts or even electro / industrial music on some tracks. Unlike our first EP, "Faith Recoil" which was recorded in a bit of a hurry, "Faciem Diaboli" was completely pre-produced, in order to get to the studio well prepared and able to play each song with more serenity.



The album was recorded at Hemlig Studio by Étienne Sarthou who did a great job both with the recording process and the mix. He almost acted as an artistic director. His advice helped us a lot in achieving the goals we set ourselves.



We entrusted the mastering to Magnus Lindberg (CULT OF LUNA, TRIBULATION, REFUSED, ALCEST, …) who turns out to be a good friend of Etienne, which allowed us to create a real synergy between the mix and the mastering.



We are very satisfied with the end result.



3.The band also formed out of the ashes of 'Eternal Majesty' what was the cause of splitting up the band to form a new one?



Before the creation of END OF MANKIND in 2015, Sagoth and Thorgon asked me (Goulaxe) to play as second guitar for an ETERNAL MAJESTY reunion show (the band split in 2006). Unfortunately, the project didn't go any further and from this frustration, END OF MANKIND was born. With only the 3 of us at the time, we quickly wrote the first EP "Faith Recoil". It was on this recording that we were later joined by Anxiferath (PYRECULT) as singer and Nesh (AZZIARD, NYDVIND) on the guitar. The line up has not moved since then.



As a tribute to ETERNAL MAJESTY, we covered two songs of the band “Soyons les Pierres du Temple Noir” and “The warlord”, both live and in studio, on the split ep with KATACOMBES.





4.The lyrics on the album also have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the topic you covered on this recording?



The concept of the album is based on the topic of recluses during the Middle Ages in France. The "recluseries" were small lodges often located at the entrance of cities, near cemeteries or built against the churches' walls. The recluses were often women who were sequestered in a wet and narrow built cube, being unable to move there. They would only come out of it as corpses.



Affected by an illness, a mourning, but also sometimes to atone for mortal sins (violence, adultery, murder, important theft ...), their salvation was possible only through the sacrifice of their own life, as an ultimate wish for humility and piety.



The recluses' role was to be in communion with God, in order to protect the city from all the evils (wars, famines, epidemics). This supernatural protection, at the time, reassured the inhabitants.



They only had food and clothes given by the local villagers and they were reduced to talking through a small gate, only with those who gave them the gift of speech. Very often, they did not resist such living conditions very long.



At that time, suffering was considered as necessary to obtain the celestial rewards. Because of this aspiration to sacrifice, the "recluseries" started to spread widely.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'End Of Mankind'?



Man has become a plague for himself, devastating the planet and enslaving his fellows. We are moving towards the end of civilization with a heavy and decided step. Man has concretely set up his own destruction - the planet and humanity will have reached a point of no return in the middle of this century - in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth will lead to the collapse of nations and the world order.



The frenzied consumption of rich countries at the expense of the poorest ones has made us good little soldiers / victims of capitalism. We have created so many barriers between us that we are unable to react collectively to recover.



The end of humanity is unavoidable and we propose to put it to music.



6.A lot of the band members also have a history of playing in bands as far back as the 90's, what is it that motivates you to keep going after a couple of decades?



I have been personally (Goulaxe) active in the French underground music scene for over 20 years. I  come initially from the punk / hardcore scene in which I played in bands such as PROVIDENCE, RIGHT FOR LIFE, WOLFPACK, WORST DOUBT, SIX FT DITCH, ONESTA, 25 TA LIFE, TROMATIZED YOUTH and many others ...



I do not feel any weariness, quite the opposite! I find it very rewarding to be able to fit in different styles and musical approaches. I think that's what we call a passion.



Other band members were or are also involved in bands such as: AOSOTH, ANTAEUS, PYRECULT as well as some other obscure industrial / goth bands.





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



During our shows we strive to create a heavy, violent and hypnotic atmosphere to provoke a physical reaction from the audience in return, while remaining ourselves: no corpse paint, no wristbands, no fake bad boys’ attitude,… Even if you do not move during our gigs, I (Goulaxe) want you to feel that at any moment we can attack you. I can not bear the quiet Black Metal shows where nothing happens, where people look like they are safely watching TV. Black Metal is supposed to be dangerous right?



As for my memories of "best shows", I have two specific ones that come to my mind. The first was the night of my birthday in Sofia, Bulgaria last February. It was the first time we played there, we received a great and warm welcome and the show was really cool. Big evening, big drinking, big party ... By the way, I take this opportunity to greet our friends in BELGARATH and Milena at Hangar 18 for the huge support.



The second one was the following gig in Thessaloniki, Greece where we played at the legendary Eightball Club. During this evening we met our friend Lefteris for the first time. Lefteris is a dude who helped us a lot with the band even though he did not know us at all at the time. I have a lot of respect for this kind of passionate people who offer their help without expecting anything in return. Hail to our friends there in SORGELIG, NIHILISM, SORDID DOGS and to Patroklos from KRISIS PRODUCTION.



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



We will play the Winter Rising Fest in France on November 8th with MERRIMACK, PROFANATICA, MERCYLESS, VULCANO, ... among others. A mini tour in the west of France in early 2020 with our friends from THE NEGATION is planned and also a tour in Greece in October 2020.



And surely many other shows by then, we are working on it!



9.In 2017 you shared a split with 'Katacombes' what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?



The goal of this split was to have decent material length for a tape and then share it to have one band per side. This idea of doing this with KATACOMBES was easy in the way it is a studio side project of Nesh.



This project is a collaboration I (Nesh) had with a French manga drawer called Vald, who released 4 mangas called Catacombes (https://fr-fr.facebook.com/catacombes.vald/) which depicts Paris, the Metal scene and places through the story of a girl and an underground Black Metal fictive band, the whole surrounded with zombies and the mysteries of what’s dwelling in the Parisian catacombs. Vald worked with some friends to give life in a way to the his mangas’ Black Metal band KATACOMBES, and release digitally 2 demos with his manga’s volumes 2 and 3.



For the release of his fourth and last volume Vald wanted to do a bit more than a third demo and then I proposed him to work on some old materials I had from 2001 to 2011 and newer stuff. We selected the tracks and I recorded, mixed and mastered in my home studio all the instruments, and our friend who sang on the second demo wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals. We could then digitally release this first 5 songs EP on Bandcamp at the same time the forth manga volume was released. We were trying to find a way then to have a physical release one day, and the project of sharing a split tape with END OF MANKIND was obvious and a perfect timing.



10.The album is going to be released through both 'Mallevs' and 'Maleficarum Records', can you tell us a little bit more about both of the labels?


MALLEVS RECORDS is a pretty young independent record labed run by Sagoth and Anxiferath from END OF MANKIND that focuses its activity on extreme underground music. Founded in 2016 by these two records enthusiasts, the label now has more than 25 physical releases from international bands, mainly from the alternative metal scene (black / death / doom / indus). The label has focused, since its creation and until now, on the audio cassette tape format, in tribute to the golden age of tape trading.



With a desire to highlight the object as a graphic and visual extension of the atmosphere and the message that the bands distil in their music, MALLEVS RECORDS often teams up with studios and businesses in the following fields: screen printing, laser engraving, but also with painters or tattoo artists, in order to offer products that are well-made and rather complex (hand-numbered collector boxes, deluxe packaging, etc…).



So far, they released bands such as VOCIFERIAN, THE NEGATION, SUMERU, CEPHEIDE or AZZIARD just to name a few.



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



The first batch of reactions toward our new album is truly positive and very supportive so far. There are some new reviews coming up, stay tuned! This is fuel to keep us going and work on the next tours as well as new material.



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



ETERNAL MAJESTY are currently recording a brand new album. Knowing that the previous album was release 13 years ago is sick! I (Goulaxe) had the chance to listen to some tracks and it’s going to be very good, trust me. AZZIARD, the other guitarist’s band, are in the studio now and will release their fourth album some time during 2020. And finally, PYRECULT, a band which shares two members with END OF MANKIND are currently in the process of writing a new full-length. We never stop man.



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



It would be pretty hard for me (Goulaxe) to answer to be honest, you know, we do not think too much about our musical orientation in the long run, we just play riffs and melodies that we like, trying to build something consistent and heavy.

 

14.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 think that all member in the band are all into Black Metal old timers, think of DISSECTION, KVIST, DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR, GORGOROTH, MAYHEM, IMPALED NAZARENE, SHINING, MARDUK, …

Personally (Goulaxe), I listen to a lot of quite different styles of bands such as DOOL, KICKBACK, TERRORIZER, ULVER, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, DEVIL'S BLOOD, CONVERGE, CHOPIN, SERGE GAINSBOURG, …



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



For those interested in following the band’s activity and news:

Bandcamp: https://endofmankind.bandcamp.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/EndOfMankind/

Instagram: @end_of_mankind

Booking / General inquiries: endofmankind666@gmail.com

LvxCaelis Interview

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



After recording the album in Sweden, we returned to Chile, and got back to the regular life, job etc.  We are nowadays rehearsing and preparing ourselves for our one and only live date for 2019, to be held in Santiago de Chile next month. That date is very special since it is the release show of our recently released album “Maher Shalal Hash Baz”.



2.On Halloween you are going to release your new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



2. Well this time the musical composition in general was done differently, I do not want to compare it with the previous works, since each of the albums we have released were created at a special time in my life.

Perhaps the music for this album was more focused on the members’ personal experiences and musical tastes, so the composition flowed better this time.



3.This is also your first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



3. Well, without getting into details, I think it is a prudent time frame for releasing new material. We don’t want to hurry with making as many albums as possible.

Before the recording of “Maher Shalal Hash Baz” we spent a good amount of time preparing for the “Lvx In Tenebris” European tour that happened last year.



4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Luciferian Gnosis and the Left Hand Path, can you tell us a little bit more about how your involvement in the dark arts has evolved over the years?



4. Although knowledge does not have a limit or end, each one should take into account his personal evolution and improve in all possible aspects.





5. A lot of your lyrics also show a great amount of research, do you feel this is missing in a lot of black metal bands that approach either Satanic, Luciferian and Occult paths?



5. Everyone is free to express their knowledge in the best way they can.



6.The lyrics on the older albums also show some leanings towards alchemy, Enochian, Thelema and Gnosticism, do you take any inspirations from occult authors into your songwriting?





6. Of course, I have always taken the best of some authors which inspires our lyrics as well as we dedicate writing according to our knowledge and personal experiences.





7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'LvxCaelis'?



7.Although the band was born after a personal purification, the idea of creating it goes beyond being a simple musical project. The inspiration we had then will be kept in secret and I will avoid getting into details.

We wanted to have a band name that doesn’t sound very “cliché” and that will also define and represent what we try to give with our art.





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



 8. The album cover was done by Åskväder / 109 Art. She got the freedom to illustrate the cover art according to what the music and lyrics inspired her, we also talked a bit in advance about my ideas and visions. Her style is very inspired in the old woodcuts, so that fitted very well in what I was looking for a cover art.





9.The band also has both A Chile line-up and a European line up for shows, what is the decision behind using 2 separate line-ups instead of working as a full band?



9. Back in 2014 I travelled to Europe to record “The Watchers” and the opportunity to perform live came to reality, so the European line-up helped me to fulfill these two shows in Germany and Belgium. I am forever grateful for their help of course.

Today we have a stable line up in Chile and we are working on new material.





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



10. Some events that come to mind are some ADF events in Santiago de Chile, September 2013, Oberhausen, Germany in August 2014, then the 2015 mini tour in the US, March 2018 in Santiago Chile joining Hetroertzen on their Chilean tour.

When we go on stage, we devote our performance to all the real supporters that are there and expect something memorable. We try to deliver the best we can in sound and performance. The visual aspects are always very important as well, that´s why we use some decorations that fits our music. Real human skulls, bones, incense, candles, all of that give the show a good touch.





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



11. We have our release fest scheduled for December 13th in Santiago de Chile. We are also in conversations for a possible tour next year.



12.The new album is going to be released on 'Lamech Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



I have a close relationship with the people behind Lamech Records long before the label was created. To be part of Lamech Records was a rather natural outcome, they listened to our first demo and just felt it right to have us on their roster. Since then we have always worked together and always respected their standards.

They have done a good job in terms of production and distribution; I think that today the

label has its trademark registered in as for the level of their productions.





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



13. I think that the reception we have had so far has been pretty good. We are thankful to those who support us in different ways.





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



14. In the future, who knows, I prefer to not have high expectations and continue walking under the shadows, continue working to deliver our art to our followers and why not, reach those who today have not given themselves the time to listen to our music and experience our art.



15.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?





15. Well maybe it is something extensive to make known or mention the musical styles that we keep up to date, since it will always vary according to the mood that one has, but there are always present old-school bands both Heavy Metal and Black metal among others , also some ambient music for some moments and endless music.



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





16. Thank you for your interest and support in the band, for the fans I hope you enjoy the new album and stay tuned for new developments.




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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Beast Of Damnation/Dawn OfThe Beast/Black Sunset/MDD/2019 CD Review


  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Dawn  Of  The  Beast"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  in  add  some  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  80's  and  influences.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some   acoustic  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  The  Eagles's  "Hotel  California"  which  also  adds  in  some  rough  yet  melodic  vocals. The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beast  Of  Damnation  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  For  Satan"  "Battle  Rage"  "Satan  Rises"  and  "Crucifucked".  8  out  of  10.

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Within Nostalgia/Conjuring A New Reality/2019 Full Length Review


  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  band  from  North  Bay,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of black  metal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Conjuring  A  New  Reality".

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  female  vocals  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  elements which  also  get  more  dominant  on  the  songs  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being   as elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  beauty  of  nature  and  dark  emotion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Within  Nostalgia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  blackgaze  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heart  In  The  Eye  of  The  Skull"  and  "Death  Lifes'  Lover".  8  out  of  10.

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Portae Obscuritas Interview


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


A: It was a misty midwinter moon in the year 2007 when Portae Obscuritas was formed by Erebus and C.G. In the beginning, the sound embodied many of the characteristics fundamental to traditional black metal; however, this has changed over the years.  After a couple of lineup changes and two demos Ad Vesperum 2009 & Non Serviam 2012 (recorded 2010), the band has stabilized their equilibrium in the constellation Iskald, Erebus & C.G in 2011. With Scheol on strings & Neshamah as a session / live guitarist, we closed the circle.






2.On Halloween you also have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


A: Our 2nd full length album will be released on Oct 31st through Lamech Records and is called ‘Lvx Atra Aeterna’, which means “the eternal black light“.


Our demos are more heavily rooted in traditional black metal and our debut record ‘Sapientia Occulta’ builds the bridge between our old and new creations. On Sapientia Occulta we tried out some new things; we included some more occult and spiritual sounds and combined it with our black metal creations. Thus, it was a natural progress for the creation of Lvx Atra Aeterna.




3.The band has been around since 2007 but so far has only released 2 demo's and full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between recordings?


A: As mentioned before, we underwent several lineup changes in the past. Consequently, it was a little bit difficult to create new songs by times. In addition, for creating songs we need inspiration. We need the right mood as well as the right atmosphere.






4. A lot of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and also how has your approach to Occultism and the Left Hand Path have evolved over the years?


A: That`s right. Especially the lyrics on Sapienta Occulta & Lvx Atra Aeterna approach these topics. Iskald is mainly responsible for the lyrics. It’s kind of a natural progress; you dig deeper and deeper and you have to evolve your spirit to merge with the dark elements in the cosmos.






5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?


A: No others than the aforementioned.




6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Portae Obscuritas'?


A: Our creation is a dark and occult soundtrack. Enchanting tones to summon a murky atmosphere. The listener can enter the dark gates into the great wide vastness, open their spirits and ablaze the black flames.




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


A: The Artwork was done by Åskväder/109Art. A highly talented woman and a great individual person.




The artwork reflects the lyrical theme of Lvx Atra Aeterna and it`s a prequel to our next record. The content is the resurrection of the great chaos, evoked by the seven priests into the golden temple.


Chaos returns as the eternal black light and it summons all cosmic strengths until all worlds are laid down in ashes.






8.From what I have seen from photos of live shows it also looks like a ritual being performed onstage, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance?


A: The whole set is a ceremony.


We are the dark priests who pay homage to the great cosmic, blood is the offering and we are the bearers of the somber flame. Our music is the soundtrack when chaos returns.




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


A: Not yet. We`re concentrating on the release and the promotion of our upcoming record. Maybe there will be some special events but not at the moment.




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


A: We don`t know exactly how the reactions are. Either they like us or they don`t.


However, overall we receive positive feedback and support.






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


A: Just simple, we keep on where we left off.




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


A: Our music is not directly influenced by other bands or specific musical styles, that’s not where we receive our inspirations from. The creations from Portae Obscuritas are rather inspired by the great wide cosmos and the dark spirits in our souls.



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nova/Veniamo Dal Cielo/ATMF/2019 CD Review


  Nova  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Veniamo  Dal  Cielo"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  ATMF.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  style  growls  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Grim  screams  can  also  be  hear d in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  pagan  orientated  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.

  As  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  finally  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  a  ritualistic  instrumental  that  also  introduces  folk  instruments  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  covet  paganism,  war,  death,  esotericism  and  elitism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nova  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Durezza  e  Ascetismo"  "FegataCovadonga"  and  "Dio  Del  Ghiaccio  e  Del  Lampo".  8  out  of  10.

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Dikasterion Interview

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


The band is born in 2017 in Liège. It was an old sleeping project of PzKpfw, Cinis and I originally called "Grimweld". Our vision back then was to play an old school black-thrash inspired by the Australian scene. The first rehearsal took place on 6th january in the cellar of an old bar. After few minutes of improvisation, some strong forces have lead us to a complete different style, more dark but still rock'n'roll-vibed. Few weeks after, Hanghedief joined us. First as session member for the recording but we quickly offered him to join the band.

Each of us have different taste in matter of music but we have the exact same vision about what Metal should be and about the rock'n'roll plague poisoning our veins. Our mission is to bring back the Old Spirit with our devotion and passion for this lifestyle.


2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Both have been recorded in our rehearsal room in Brussels. They differ by the style and let's say the technical evolution. The demo is more raw and catchy but the riffs of the EP are a bit more elaborated. We want to keep it simple, no technical bullshit or show-off solos. Straight to the point and in your face.


3.Your music does bring in a great amount of 90's era Finnish influences, what is it that has drawn you to this style?


Even if we love this scene, we didn't decide it. It arrived naturally after few minutes of rehearsal. I think what brought us there is our attachment to the 80's-90's scene music & valors.


4. A lot of your song titles show a historical content on both recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?


First of all, we didn't want to be part of this occultish wave of bands flooding for few years now. We are not a "ritualistic" band. We play for the pleasure of music and the passion we have for it.


Most of us studied history. We're all attached to our culture and folklore in general. Our songs tell stories about different topics like sorcerer legends or historical events from our area.


On the demo, each song (except Warmetal cover) is related to a biblical sentence. Matthew is about the way our behaviour and passion can bring a powerful darkness amongst us.  Exodus is about a old Flemish legend. Revelation is a warning for the fools who would stand against our world.


The EP lyrics are a bit different. Stavelot tells the story of Jean Delvaux, beheaded for witchery and Rome relates the Synodus Horrenda.


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


A lot of people think it's related to ancient Greece. But it doesn't at all. The dikasteries refer to the departments of the Roman Curia. It represents the law courts, councils and congregations that give the Pope his absolute power over catholic Church.


6.On the demo you had also done a cover of Barathrum's "War Metal", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?


This cover is a reflection of our vision about our music : straight to the point, simple, rolling again and again like a war machine.


7.I have noticed there is very little information about the band online except for the metal archives, spirit of metal and bandcamp pages, do you prefer to keep a low profile?


It hurts to say that, but Metal is not underground anymore. We are infiltrated by rats and listening to Metal became something funny and cool. We will never be a real underground band but staying away as much as possible from social media is a way for us to get closer to what underground was.

There is no passion anymore, no devotion, no behaviour,... I keep myself away from social medias and I wanted the same for the band. No facebook, no website, etc. The bandcamp is the only "page" we decided to keep. All other stuffs have been uploaded by labels or fans.


8.Both the ep and demo covers look different but almost identical at the same time, can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork?


Cinis draw them both. The main inspiration is medieval painting and drawing. The demo cover represents the fight inside all of us between light and darkness. The EP one is a mix inspired by the two songs. We wanted something different than a classic black and white bodybuilded goat.


9.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


We played few shows yet. Mostly in Belgium. The idea behind the band, as said, is to bring back the old spirit and  show our enemies we are still standing. This wouldn't be possible without playing live.


10.So far the band has worked with 'New Era Productions' and 'Armor Fati Productions', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?


First of all we want to thanks them as much as they deserve it. They did a great job and and they will forever be part of our road. The demo is co-released by Darkness Attack. A long time war brother.

We could have released the demo and EP by our own. Recording and mixing didn't cost much. But these three labels are close friends and as they wanted to release our stuffs, we said yes straight. It was a real pleasure to work with them. We would gladly do it again.


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


Mostly positive. We got really great reviews for the demo and the 7". Of course everybody doesn't like what we do but we don't give a fuck. There is always some cunts writing bad reviews just because they are angry to not be able to create anything themselve. As long as we keep enjoying playing our songs, that's the only thing which matter for us. Haters gonna hate. Fuck them.

The thing is we don't have pretentious ambitions. We don't try to revolutionize Metal or be the band of the year. We play music for the pleasure of playing music. This is it.



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


The next release is gonna be another Ep, four songs. We're not in a rush for an album. We'll see when we'll feel it.

The only thing I can promise you is that we'll stay simple and catchy. As much as possible. We're not technical musicians and this is not what Dikasterion is about anyway. Straight to the point, intense, honest, no compromise : this is what we are.



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?


My main influence is the Australian black-thrash scene. Especially Deströyer 666. It reflects my vision of metal and my philosophy but it doesn't influence our music that much. 


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


We have different opinions among the band about those topics so it's not what leads us. Our music is based on our vision of the world and our passions.


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


Thanks for your interest and questions. Metal is a live style, not a trend. Keep the flame burning, keep standing and live it with passion and intensity or get the fuck out of our way.


See you in hell !


D.C. For Dikasterion

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