Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sutekh Hexen/Sleepwalker/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  e  between  U.S.A's  Sutekh  Hexen  and  Japan's  Sleepwalker  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sutekh  Hexen  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  ambient  and  harsh  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split starts  out  with  some  power  electronics  along  with  some  voices  in the  background  before  adding  some  raw  tremolo  picking  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  dark  ambient  which  are  over  powered  by  the  guitars, the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sutekx  Hexen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  ambient  and  noise  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Sleepwalker  who  return  with  their  psychedelic  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  oriental  style  instruments  and  psychedelic  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  adding  in  more  of  an  experimental  style  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads,  blast  beats  and  black metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sleepwalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  think  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental,  ambient,  noise,  psychedelic  and  raw  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

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Deorc Absis Interview

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

Deorc Absis is basically a studio project with members of Italian brutal death metal bands Logic Of Denial and Sickening. It's a black metal project at its core, yet open to different registers and languages.


2.You have an ep coming out in May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

"The nothingness transfiguration" is a single track divided into three movements. Our style is a blend of black and death metal, with a touch of Schoenberg-style flavor, both into song structures and through the use of Viola and Violin. The result, to our ears, is a slightly dissonant mixture of black metal vehemence and death metal-ish riffing.


3.Most of the other members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Deorc Absis' that you are not able to do with your other groups?

We all love to experiment and grow with our former bands; but, since we all found ourselves to be big Deathspell Omega fans, we tried to join forces into something new and unrelated to them - and not necessarily structured on a brutal death metal basis.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

We focus on a philosophical outlook on evolution, matter and consciousness. Our expression of atheism is not romantic or metaphysical; we try to explore a materialistic view on it, trying to outline the classic topic related to the relationship between man and nature.


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

It's a mixture between ancient English and Latin, and it basically means "dark arc".


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

We love the work provided by Misanthropic-Art, it's a simple yet so powerful representation of nature, which outlines its power and its transience at the same time.


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

We're a studio project. No shows played, no stage performance.


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

No, since we're a studio band. But this project is in constant evolution and we couldn't tell if the stage dimension will be a part of it or not.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal that have heard it so far?

The response has been great so far. Can't wait for the EP to be released and to share it as much as possible.


10.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?

Both bands are working on their new albums right now - 4th effort for both.


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

I think we'll try to focus better on our own voice. Expect a further research into progressive structures and bleak atmospheres, maintaining our vitriolic assault intact.


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?

Deathspell Omega is our biggest influence without a doubt, along with bands like Dodecahedron, Abyssal, Devouring Star. Also, "cosmic" death metal (Demilich, Nocturnus, Morbid Angel, Blood Incantation, Morbus Chron, Voidspawn, Ctheill'ist...) played a great part into our writing process, along with classical music (Shostakovich and Schoenberg in particular).


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

We would like to thank you for giving us time and space to say something about this project, and Redefining Darkness Records for believing in it.



Thank you for the support!
Deorc Absis

Nocturnes Mist/Marquis Of Hell/Seance Records/2019 CD Review


  Nocturnes  Mist  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Marquis  Of  Hell"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Seance  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in t he  bands  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demonology,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocturnes  Mist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school,  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyes  in  Fear"  "Wolves  Of  Satan"  and  "Treacherous  Ways".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7usFeTDjBs  

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Nihtwintre Interview

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

Nihtwintre was formed several years ago as a personal outlet for musical musings when the mood struck me. The name is from Old English made up of Niht (night) and Wintre (Winter). I have a fascination with languages, particularly old and dead ones such as Old English and Latin. The music itself is largely improvisational – I don't come with an idea or a melody before I start recording. I just pick up a guitar and begin playing. Whatever happens, happens. There is no plan. I usually get inspired by a broad idea or concept, such as necormancy or the decay of the natural world, and I let the energy of those ideas influence what I play. I keep playing until I come up with riffs and I build on those from there in the same fashion. Songs generally take just a couple days to construct and then I smooth out the edges into something cohesive and record vocals, which are also generally fairly improvised. It is a very personal and DIY process, and I intend to keep it that way.

2.Since 2017 you have put out 3 ep's and been a part of a couple of splits, how would you describe your musical progress over the years?

Over the years I feel like I have gotten more confident in my process and my end product. Usually I take long breaks before productions because I think I need to “recharge” before I can put the kind of energy into my creative process that it requires. I think that as I have progressed I have gotten closer to the true sound I am seeking, that platonic sound that exists in my head that I seek to express in the real world. I doubt I will ever truly get there, but it is always about the journey, not the destination. My favorite part of the project is the act of creation. The rest is secondary.

3.The musical project was formed in 2014 but you waited until 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Early recordings were fragmentary and often not worth saving. It took my a while to figure out my process, and, as I said above, I need to be in the right mood and mindset to be able to just sit down and do a recording that is largely improvised. My process has improved a lot, and honestly, I am more confident in my own abilities, so it all comes a bit easier now than when I first decided I needed a creative outlet like this.

4.Some of your lyrics cover Occultism and Necromancy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Necromancy is the magic of reviving the dead and extending one's own life beyond it's natural limits. It is considered taboo and evil. I think it is fascinating because necromancy in its essence is an attempt to escape mortality. It is a manifestation of the evilest and most grotesque way to live forever, and the costs are great. Generally the price is one's own soul, or sanity, or worse. It is a fascinating thought experiment – what would you sacrifice to live beyond death? Your loved ones? Your principles? Your own sanity? Ultimately, it derives from a mortal fear of death – and ironically it is obsessed with it at the same time. The dichotomy there makes for a great subject matter to explore.

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

As I said above, it is Old English, compounding Niht (meaning “Night”) and Wintre (meaning “winter”). I wanted something that felt dark and cold, but also was unique sounding. I am also very satisfied with the logo, which was designed by Dan Capp.

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

This project is a solo only project. It is my very personal creative outlet. I would be happy to work with other artists, but it wouldn't be Nihtwintre then, it would be something else.

7.So far you have shared splits with 'Verminlord' and 'Albanach ar Deis', what are you thoughts on the other projects that had participated on the recordings?

Both are great black metal projects headed by great guys with a clear artistic vision. It is interesting to have a solo project, but also hear about others' artistic processes while you go through your own. It can be very motivating.

8.Currently you are signed to 'Epicurus Records', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

Epicurus is a micro-label located in my city of Seattle that only deals with small local Seattle bands. It was a natural fit.

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

No idea. I don't pay attention to how people perceive it. As I said, it is a very personal project that I do for myself alone. I would hope others enjoy it, but they don't need to.

10.What is going on with 'Woodland Crypt' these days?

Woodland Crypt is my dungeon synth project. It is a nature inspired project – very different from Nihtwintre. It is another creative outlet for me, but the creative process and the inspiration is completely different. I have put out one EP for Woodland Crypt and appeared on two compilations. I am currently working on more Woodland Crypt material, but with no certain release date.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don't know if I will ever do a full length for Nihtwintre. I think it works best as a series of EPs. The way I create the music lends itself to the smaller productions and not well the the revising and editing that a full-length would require.

As a musician, I plan on continuing on what I have been doing: making music that expresses how I feel at a certain time, and releasing it when I feel it is appropriate. I have no grand designs to become famous, or tour, or make money off this project.

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?

I am a big fan of  the second wave titans Darkthrone, Taake, Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, etc. But also like some newer black metal like Falls of Rauros, Agalloch, Aorlhac, Uada, Dawn Ray'd, etc. One of my absolute favorites is Summoning which perfectly combines those elements of black metal and dungeon synth I really enjoy.

Recently I have been listening to a lot of dungeon synth: Mortiis, Barak Tor, Murgrind, Old Sorcery, etc. However, one of my favorite releases this year is Par le Sang Versé by Véhémence – absolutely stunning.

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

Support underground music.

No Point In Living Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I'm always recording new songs for a new full-length album, EP and split album. Creating music is important in my life. I can express my feeling through music.

2. So far this year you have released one full length and an ep, musically how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
New album "Last Hopes" is a little bit different from my past works. It's a more experimental style. I tried to mix with DSBM and modern metal. I used 8 string guitar and 6 string bass on this album. I think most of all DSBM fans will not like this album but it's ok. I made songs for myself. I want to make a unique song. DSBM is a favorite genre, but there are many similar style bands now. So, I don't want to do a copy band. I want to be "Only One". New EP "Last Moments" is like normal DSBM style. I have nothing to say.

3. Since 2017 you have released a good amount of music almost putting out an album every month, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
Yeah, I released albums every month because I had enough time. I recorded one album for about 3 weeks. I can make up guitar riff easily. Music is one of my hobbies. I just enjoy my music.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?
Depression, seasons, self-hatred, life and etc. It's based on my life experience. I live with negative feelings every day. I'm tired to live. However, I have no important message in my songs. Most of my lyrics are similar concepts. I think lyrics are not important for my music. I'm not a native English speaker, I will not publish lyrics. In addition, some of the lyrics are improvisation. Guitar riff is the most important part of my song.

5. You are also involved with a couple of other musical projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'No Point In Living' that you are not able to do with your other musical projects?
My sub-projects are not important now. I have no future plan. When I started sub-projects, I wanted to play with different musical style. However, these days, NPiL has a lot of elements of many metal genre. It's very fun to play. So, I felt bored to play sub-projects. I can do what I want to do on NPiL. So I don't need current subprojects.

6. I know the project was named after a 'Happy Days' song, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Project name 'No Point in Living' is like a just my thought. I am a worthless and useless man, I don't have a dream and hope. I think there is no point in living. I don't know the name fits my musical style. My songs are more progressive than Happy Days.

7. You have also written and published a book on the depressive black metal genre, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
DSBM Guidebook is like a disc review book. It's including over 800 disc review (depressive black metal, depressive post-black metal, and related projects), bands and labels interviews, columns and some my original guitar riffs TAB. I think this is the first DSBM book in the world. If you like DSBM, you will enjoy it.

8. So far you have worked with 'Pest Records' and ''Heathen Tribes' on the physical versions of your albums, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Yes, both are good labels! Especially, my main label Pest Productions has big power in black metal scene. They released 4 CDs last year. 

9. On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
I got some positive reviews from around the world. Some people said, "It's hard to believe NPiL is a Japanese band!". I'm very happy.

10. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
I stopped my sub-projects now. I'm focusing on NPiL. However, I had some new tracks for a new solo project. I haven't decided the band name, album title, and song names. Maybe, I'll upload songs somewhere. I have a lot of idea for this new solo project.

11. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I don't know.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I was influenced by a lot of bands. Lifelover, Forgotten Tomb, Apati, Happy Days are very important bands for me. My recent albums included many musical styles. It's hard to decide.
 These days, I listen to Adagio, Archspire, Vardan, Svart, Apathia, Apati, Symphony X and etc. I usually play technical death metal on the guitar and bass. DSBM is too easy to play.

13. What are some of your non-musical interests?
I really like horror movies since I was a junior high school student. I wanted to be a horror movie director. My other hobby is playing video games. I like Xbox One X, FPS and TPS games.

14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview!! If you interested in my band, check Facebook and Bandcamp.

Isfet Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
 Greetings OBMZ,
 We are still very focused on our latest release, having in mind that it is very recent and we are waiting for our tapes to arrive.


2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 MTWA brings the most distinctive soundscape we have ever reached. All about this release carries our personal “stains”.
 Even though it differs sharply from our other releases it was a natural step to us. 
 The tripartite piece can be distinguished from our other works explicitly through things such as the absence of the “traditional extreme metal drums”, but we encourage the listener to perceive the other distinctions through listening. 
 MTWA was conceived as a manifold piece which brings to light variant elements in each experience.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover Anti Cosmic,  Chaosophy, Occultism and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
 We believe in the indissociable link between artistic efforts and the sorcerous praxis: Art being a receptacle to the unspeakable.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Isfet'?
 “Isfet” evokes ambiguity: as a concept of amorality or as a deification of formlessness and unrestriction. 
 We never even though about another name after “Isfet” appeared to us. 
 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
 The artwork is almost as inexhaustible as the scope of our tripartite piece. Roughly it can represent the ordeal of the aimless through the allegory of the desert wanderer.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 The few events in which we perform are surely memorable. We would highlight “Untrodden Pathways Festival”.
 Our stage performance can be described as “intense”. 


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


It is not something that we spend time planning. However, we are very interested in presenting our compositions live (as it explores a whole different perspective of the work).
 
 8.In the earlier years the band had done some GG Allin, Mercyful Fate and Dissection covers, what was the decision behind doing your own version of their songs?
 We were 15/16 years old at the time and Isfet had only 4 or 5 songs. Paying tribute to our first influences while filling the gaps in the setlist sounded good.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
 Isfet has a pretty solid and faithful small group of supporters in different parts of the globe.
 10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 Both questions are things we cannot say with certainty.
 As for the musical direction we can only affirm that our efforts are all directed against stagnation. 


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 At the time of “Mayest Thou Wander Aimlessly” we were mainly listening to 70’s stuff/Occult Rock (Floyd, Fields of The Nephilim, Pagan Altar, Current 93, The Devil’s Blood, Blue Öyster Cult …). 
 Also, we are really into the 90’s scene from the northeast of Brazil. Acts such as “Slavery” will be always remembered as representatives of soulful and unique music. 



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 Thank you for the space!

L/J/R – Isfet.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Umbra Interview

.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 1.I guess you could say I started the band in a revolt against modern black metal, everything is commodified, boring, played out or genre bended (black gaze).

2.So far you have released a couple of ep's and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2.Crypt of scorn was written and recorded super fast (about 3 hours total) and was an experiment in how lo fo and obtuse it could be. UC was written and rehearsed for a few months and taken into a small studio and is more focused.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
3.might is right, natures struggle and the emptiness of the easy modern world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Umbra'?
4.It is Latin for shadow, it’s use is taken from abruptums first album

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5.Its a crucified dog displayed in a parade, it’s a scene from the movie “holy mountain”
To me it’s to hold up what is naked and grotesque, not to hide the nature of death.

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.There are no live shows

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.Not even one

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8.I actually started my own label recently “Imperial Crypt” which is what the cd is on, I’m currently looking for bands that make unique and powerful bm.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9.Sometimes it’s confusion or misunderstanding, but also respect for its uncompromising hatred.

10.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?

10.There is only Umbra

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

10.There is only Umbra

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?
12.Burzum, Hellhammer, mayhem, hellveto(now neoheresy) Bathory, infester, (early) Cryptopsy are at the front, and many non metal artist.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.Not much but I’ll keep it to myself

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

 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14.keep up the work supporting the underground, and any bands that share my vision and need a label contact me at umbra5 on bandcamp.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Crom Dubh/Firebrands And Ashes/Van Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Crom  Dubh  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Firebrands  And  Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

   A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  modern  and  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding, elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Crom  Dubh  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  they  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  horrors  of  a  world  on  the  brink  of  self-immolation,  and  the  bloody  chains  of  events  that h ave  brought  us  to this  point  along  with  some  references  to Sumerian  and  Greek  Mythology.     

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crom  Dubh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firebrands  And  Ashes"  and  "Endless  Night".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/lzUGz7zD3f4

  

Pestis Inferos Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 
We are a new band that started from a meeting that took place about a year ago this month.  I (Pale Horse) was looking to start another band when I was contacted by Llord Diabolus.  We met soon after and just put some ideas we had together,  which culminated into what is the first track on our ep,  From Throne to Funeral.   After that date I contacted Svartherre whom I play with in other bands to complete the line up.

2.In June you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Well the initial contact was to do something geared more towards older styled black metal.  Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, older mayhem, but as we got playing it expanded alittle further.  We still have those influences present in this first ep but Svartherre and I added more influence from bands like Marduk, Mayhem (newer and old), Dark Funeral and so on.  We wanted the recording to be raw, organic, and capture the ugly and abrasive content of the music.  The ep was tracked live,  with only vocals and second guitar tracked over.  No fixing,  or editing just laying it down as we played it.  True to the players and music itself. 

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

A lot of our lyrics, which we have all contributed for mainly deal with freedom and the pursuit thereof.  Freedom from any doctrine or constraint that hinders personal growth or expansion to ones mind.  From the hypocrisy of Kings, to the right hand of God, all servitude is enslavement for one’s true being and essence.  We wish to growth without bounds and conquer beyond our reach.

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

The name itself did not come easy.  We spend many months trying to find the right words to head our vision.   Pestis Inferos which means roughly Hells Plague I think does that perfectly.   It uses the antagonisms of Hell and “Satan” to mock the idea of its Christian dogma. This  “plague” is our art and words.  Our message to free oneself from anything that binds you.  That is not a message of hated or weakness,  it’s  one for revolution.  Those in power whether it a church,  government, or even cultural stagnations don’t want the same freedoms for everyone.  They would see our message as a plague.  So he become Hell’s Plague.

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

The cover artwork was handed by the artist Nanda Dika.   I came up with the cover concept and sent him a rough sketch that he brought to life.   It depicts the awakening and coming of violent change in many ways for me.  Death represented by the skull with the seven angels blowing the seven trumpets to Sound Armageddon.   Those left now broken to wander endlessly.  It pulls a little influence from The Divine Comedy,  and the several biblical ideas are on display as well. 

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet, if so how would you describe your stage performance?

We have some shows scheduled now but have yet to play one. 

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

We are not actively seeking one by sending material around or anything.  We would be interested if a label contacted us, and we felt they identified with what we want to accomplish as a band.   We have had a couple messages from some places but none seem like the right platforms for us. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

Well we have just started to spread our fire so to say.  Overall any reviews I’ve heard has been positive,  many people around where we are seem to be really taken with it, so I’m very happy so far with the reaction.  Hoping to reach more and more people as the ep is released.

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

We are already writing the follow up to this first ep right now actually.   We have a few songs but it’s too early to tell.  We have goals and a direction but things end up differently as you go along.   We want to keep the same rawness and organic flow for recording.   The material itself we are making more violent I’d say.  More grand,  more chaotic but still have well written structures. 

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?

Well for the black metal spectrum and this band in particular my biggest influences of bigger bands are Marduk, Mayhem, and even thought not black metal as the other two, Behemoth.   I listen to a lot of music and bands though as well.  I buy between 5-12 CDs a week.  I love a lot of newer black metal bands from very small status up to larger scaled bands.  For instance two labels I really like Profound Lore and Debemur Morti have put out some great stuff this last year and present.  New Outre, Aoratos, and cultus Profano are all very good.  And profound just released pissgrave and gardsghastr both which are awesome.  But I could go on and on. 

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

We explore so ideas,  and use Many biblical ideas and references as metaphors.   Lucifer not as a god or something to be worshiped but as an idea,  freedom.  And lyrically I like to use a lot of biblical accounts to relay my metaphorical ideas through those channels. 

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

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview and reviewing the ep. I’d also mention we have one time pressed CDs and shirts for preorder now via this link. We are almost sold out of shirts now,  and they will not be repressed so check that out if your interested!

https://pestisinferos.bandcamp.com/merch


Isfet/Mayest Thou Wander Aimlessly/Mourning Light Records/2019 EP Review


  Isfet  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Mayest  Thou  Wander  Aimlessly"  which  was  released  by Mourning  Light  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  recording  being  over  10  minutes  long.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  shows  a  touch  of  the  more  melodic  death  metal  style. The  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  classical  style piano's  are  added  into  the  music.

  Isfet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  old  school  and  aggressive  in  the  Swedish  style.  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  occultism,  chaosophy,  left  hand  path  and  anti  cosmic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Isfet  are  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWHuFbxkZCw     

Umbra/Unholy Causality/2018 Full Length Review


  Umbra  are  a  band  from  Asheville,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Unholy  Causality".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very,  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  early  2000's  era  USBM  as  well  as  the  bass  guitar  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument.

  Umbra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  use  a  bass  guitar  as  a  lead  instrument  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Umbra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disillusioned" and  "Primordial  Void".  8  out  of  10.

https://umbra5.bandcamp.com/

  

Aima/Tragos/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Full Length Review


  Aima  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tragos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Death  metal  influenced  riffing  and  bestial  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  more  of  a  chaotic  black/death  metal  style and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern.

  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aima  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goatfuck  Redemption"  "Possessed  Preacher"  and  "Hands  In  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

 http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tragos 

      

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Botis Interview

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


The band was started as a studio project by Erik (guitar) and featured Peter on vocals and drummer Eli Litwin.  After a dormant period Greg (drums) and Graham (bass) joined up and began collaborating on songwriting and playing shows around Philadelphia.


2.In July you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the album?


Grand Abominations explores our own recipe of Black Metal, death metal, thrash, and prog. There is hopefully something for every metal fan on the record.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on the new album?


Occult passages, feasting on rodents, pursuit of the dark arts, global annihilation, etc


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


In demonology, Botis is one of many earls or kings of hell. We liked the name because it rolled off the tongue well and wasn't widely used by other acts at the time of conception.


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


The album cover is an original piece of work by our drummer Greg Bogart.  The design started as a pencil drawing which went through photoshop. It was then laser etched on an old gross weathered piece of wood and photographed.


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


The band has only performed a handful of shows to date. The first show was among the most memorable- we shared a bill with two incredible DIY touring bands Malevich and Born Hollow. Both have become big inspirations not only musically, but in their relentless work ethic.


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


The official release show is slated for Fri 7/19 supporting Tomb Mold and Superstition at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly. The venue is the most supportive spot in the local scene and has become a homebase for us. Nothing is set in stone to take our freakshow on the road as of yet, but you can keep an eye out for that in the coming months.


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


Releasing music through our own independent means has been working well for us in this band and in other projects. We are certainly not actively seeking a label because we feel as though we can handle the distribution of our music ourselves at the moment.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal that have heard it so far?


We have yet to officially release the record, and have no real sense of what the reception will be like. We’ve heard positive feedback from the few friends that we’ve shared it with so far, but are striving to keep our expectations in check.


10.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?


Progressive power metal band Lör is the main musical endeavor outside of Botis for our vocalist Peter Hraur and drummer Greg Bogart. The band previously also featured bassist Graham Noel, and they have been around for 10 years. Greg and Graham also have an experimental bass/drum duo called landstryder.


It doesn’t end at Lör for Peter, who is an absolute madman when it comes to the amount of projects he’s involved with at any given time. His other projects include Ashen Waves, Top Hats & Effigies, and a few yet-to-be named bands.


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


Without revealing too much, we are constantly striving to push forward into new musical territory. There is a good amount of material written which should shape itself into a follow up release very soon.


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?


In no particular order: Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia, Disasterpeace, Thantifaxath, Oathbreaker, Cleric, Pyrrhon, Azusa, Zevious, Parius, Borknagar, Inquisition, Gorguts.


13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Yes. A dash of occultism (and smoked paprika) is the spice of life.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?


Asian food, night digging, and exchanging pleasantries.


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


Thanks for helping spread the word! Kale Seitan!

Nihtwintre/Albanach ar Dheis/Epicurus Records/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Seattle,  Washington's  Nihtwintre  and  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada's  Albanach  ar  Dheis  which  was  released  by  Epicurus  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Albanach  ar  Dheis  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background.  Both  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  the  music  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  back  some  of  the  90's  synth  style  of  black  metal  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  historical  Scottish  events.

  In  my  opinion  Albanach  ar  Dheis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mons  Grapius".

  Next  up  is  Nihtwintre  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal.

   His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drum  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromancy,  Occultism  and  Sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nihtwintre  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Tragic  Path  Of  The  Necromancer".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  and  occult  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

Nihtwintre https://nihtwintre.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/nihtwintre/ Albanach ar Dheis https://albanachardheis.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/Albanachardheis   

  

Nameless Void/Self Titled/Grey Matter Productions/Xenoglossy Productions/2019 EP Review


  Nameless  Void  are  a  duo  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  drone  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  ep  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grey  Matter  and  Xenoglossy  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some   ambient  style  synths  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  distorted  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  more  of  an  ambient  drone  instrumental,  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Nameless  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  ambient,  noise  drone  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nameless  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  ambient,  noise,  drone  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Flash".  8  out  of  10.

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Hvile I Khaos/Strange Gateways Beckon(Tribulation Cover)/2019 Single Review


  Hvile  I  Khaos  are  a  duo  from  Southern  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  cellistic  black  metal  and  ritual  chamber  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  single  "Strange  Gateways  Beckon"  which is  also  a  Tribulation  cover.

  Cell's  start  off  the  track  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  classical  music  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  ritual  chamber  music.  Influences  of  black  metal  are  also  brought  into  the  song  without  the  use  of  any  traditional  metal  instruments  and  all  of  the  music  is  done  in  an  instrumental  direction.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Hvile  I  Khaos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  classical  and  ritual  chamber  music,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/user-732508397/strange-gateways-beckon-tribulation-cover  

Vleddermos Interview

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

We started this band in 2018 to combine our interest in second wave black metal and horror movie soundtracks.
We had a distinct idea for an unique sound with lots of organ and rough black metal. To create black horror metal with a real dark atmosphere.

2.So far you have released both a demo and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?

Its a mixture of vintage horror soundtrack music and dark black metal like Beherit, Abruptum, Black Witchery.
There is also a small amount of improvisation.

3.The lyrics cover a lot of occult and horror  themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

We deal with the history, occult, death and other dark topics.

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

Its our own version of the word for 'bat' in dutch.

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

We went for an old school interpretation of horror and darkness. It's hugely influenced by vintage horror movie poster art.
We hope to convey a sense of dread, horror and wonderment.

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

Yes this works best for now. We have no desire to expand Vleddermos at this stage.

7.Has the band done any live shows or have any plans for them in the future?

No we have not, nor do we have plans. The live situation is not one where we would feel at home.
Our music is best listened to at night, in the dark, in private.

8.The new album was released by 'Tribulacion Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
We contacted them through the internet. They are a dedicated label from Columbia, focussing on Black Metal.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Until now the response have been a bit underwhelming. However this will never stop our dedication to this dark art.
But we surely hope the album will pick up a bit. We put so much effort into it.

10.Where do you see  the band heading into musically during the future?
We have no idea. We hope to record more and better black horror metal.

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?
Beherit, Abruptum, Black Witchery, Necromatia, Mystifier, Chakal, Sarcofago etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hail Horror, Hail Black Metal! Thanks!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Black Crucifixion Interview

Occult Black Metal Zine Answered by FORN.

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

Preparing the release, talking to great people around the world, playing few selected shows. And of course writing ever new material.

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

- The new album Lightless Violent Chaos and its predecessors Coronation of King Darkness (2013) and Hope of Retaliation (2011) are a trilogy. What begins with the studio tracks on Hope of Retaliation, grows into full bloom on Coronation of King Darkness and then finds maturity on the new album.

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

- A lot of living and writing.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

- The sort of music we perform has some sort of “magical” essence. It touches something that is common in men. For us lyrics play a part in this and as majority of them are usually sung in English they help to open certain doors for people who understand them. Our lyrics may not preach as much as they once did – as we find it futile to try and alter other people’s perceptions of what they call the reality – but when used right, our art is a sort of immaterial talisman that can be used to transfer energy. What one chooses to do with that energy is of course beyond our control.

5.Over the years you have also covered some satanic, occult, pagan and philosophical themes lyrically, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

- Blind crowd mentality is something we have been against ever since we recorded the song Flowing Downwards back in 1991, where the lyrics even state “fuck your herd conformity, the noble shall rule”. That might not be high-brow poetry from today’s perspective but it surely has served as our mission statement throughout the decades.

6.Originally the band was called 'Horned Lord', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Crucifixion’?

- We felt that Horned Lord would not be the perfect moniker for our artistic vehicle. Black Crucifixion had more edge to it. Maybe it has served us well.

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

- It is by Erkki Nampajärvi just like the previous album’s art was. His work is a perfect match to our sound. He gives the visuals to our audio.

8.The band has been around since 1991 what is it that motivates you to keep going after almost 30 years?

- We are a small band yet the band’s entity is a big thing in our lives. It provides certain continuity.

9.The band was also around when Finland did not really have a black metal scene, do you feel that you have been a huge influence on the Finnish black metal style?

- Probably for some people. But the latter Norwegian scene is the major influence also for Finnish bands. We had our own national style until the younger fan boys got all Norsk.

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?

- We started really performing live only during the past ten years. So the best shows also are relatively recent. Our shows are always good, we are a very stable unit that always delivers.

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

- We only play selected shows for audiences that appreciate music. So no big time touring looms.

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

- It has differed a lot over the decades. The new albums seem to do it for people around the world. I personally urge anyone to give it a listen. It might change your day or week if not your life.

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

- A lot of terrain still lies uncovered. The musical path is the one of left hand path.

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

- At this age and stage of the band it is very difficult to recognize any specific influences. I would say that a lot of the influence comes from outside the music. From all arts and life in general. People outside the band probably have a better view of what influences can be heard in our output.

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

Thanks for the interview and for all you who have read this. Get the new album from Seance Records and support the metal underground.

Power From Hell Interview


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

Sodomic - We're promote the album in different ways, we shottwo music videos and we have some gigs in Mexico and U.S.A between July/ August


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

Sodomic - Almost everything, lyric themes, riffs, cover art, and of course the way that the band sounds here,  this is an album more poetic and conceptual than others.


3.Some of your lyrics cover Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit bit about your interest in Occultism?

Sodomic - We're always looking for something inside us or outside so to all this things and lack of answers I usually call it "Occultism" and I'm a person addicted on "unknown" so these themes are very important to me.


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

Sodomic - The power of human flesh, sexuality, lust, moral beliefs, etc...


5.I know that the band was named after an 'Onslaught' album, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Sodomic - Yeah the name of the band is a reference to the first Onslaught's album, I was a young kid with 18yo when I started the band and that time basically I was hearing this album all the time so the choose of the name was very natural to me, it's a classic album that had an influence in our two first records after that, the only thing in our band that reminds Onslaught is the name because our song is far far away from the song that they did back in the day, are totally different styles, and I think that the name delivery the message, the people heard or reading it and probably in the same time they know what it's about.


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

Sodomic - The cover artwork was made by Wellington Backer a friend of mine here in Brazil since the last 20 years, the idea behind the art was to show an specie of unrealistic hell a chaos place with a terrible evil presence in the middle like a "evil supreme being" that is what the giant monster in the cover represent to us, the cover is related with all the different forms of evil torment that the humans beings have in real life and our characters have inside the lyrics of album.


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

Sodomic - It's hard to say or choose some specific shows, but our fist show in Los Angeles in 2016 was wild as all ours gigs in South America also, on stage we try put all our energy and hate feelings in that moment, the audience identifies with this and they know when it's true.


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

Sodomic - As I said before we have Mexico and U.S.A between July/August.


9.The new album is coming out on 'High Roller Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sodomic - It's a label that doesn't work with a lot of black metal bands so along side with the good proposal that they offered to us I have no doubts that this will be a good experience to both side.


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

Sodomic - I would say that the reactions are very good, we have followers in South America , North America , Europe, Asia, we get a lot of support of different headbangers around the world.

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

Sodomic - Beside P.F.H me, the bass player and the guitar player we have a Death Metal band and our drummer plays in a lot of different bands of extreme metal here in Brazil.


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

Sodomic - We want to keep the released albums and touring this is the main plan for now.

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

Sodomic - Bathory always will be for me the most important extreme metal band of all time, if I chose the name of the band inspired on Onslaught of course that the song and lyrics was totally inspired on the Bathory era 84-88, in nowadays we admire a lot bands like Mgla, Ascencion, Cult of fire, etc...


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

Sodomic - Yeah, if you reader likes to traditional Black Metal with all the elements needed for the genre so our new album is for you I hope that you guys join us and to contemplate the most PROFOUND EVIL PRESENCE!!!

Pestis Inferos/Beyond The Veil Of Light/2019 EP Review


  Pestis  Inferos  are  a  band  from  Syracuse,  New  York  that plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Beyond  the  Veil  Of  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

 Ritualistic  bell  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  children  singing  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  demonic  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Pestis  Infernos  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  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pestis  Inferos  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  throne  To  Funeral"  and  "Poison  Falling  Star".  8  out  of  10. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzb6DE169Gc 

Ignis Invocatio Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Ignis Invocatio is a band of black metal who is formed by just 2 members in the year of 2017 with the hungry to do black metal in the old style and is doing a music for the Devil and his flame.

2.Last year you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
The musical style that we choose for this ep is a classic sound of Black Metal who is trying to do his music with the old style but with a sound very property for Ignis Invocatio.

3.Your lyrics cover Witchcraft, Devil Worship and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Indeed! the interest for us into the dark arts is something who really like to us and the interest for this darkness remotes from our entire life and has a real meaning musically and personally. The Black Flame of Lucifer and The Flame of  Qayin is who will guide us in the entire time to do this dark music.

4.Originally the band was called 'Black Serpent', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ignis invocatio'?That is a fun fact because the decision of change the name of "Black Serpent" was because another band who have the same name claim be the only and originally be the "True" "Black Serpent", so they sent us a message complaining about plagiarism of the name of the band , in the first place we had never heard of that band before and never believed that someone would complain about having the same name even being from different countries and doing different kind of music. We chose that name in the first place because it had a real meaning for us but we decided not to do a drama and whine for just a band name , so we decided to change the name to "Ignis Invocatio" which has the same meaning for us , who represents the invocation of the black flame.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artwork of the ep cover is the representation of the rituals who we make to the flame of the serpent and Qayin.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We are opened to expand our band to more members, with the only condition of find the right people who really like this music.

7.Has the band done any live shows or would be open to doing them in the future?
We have not done any live show yet, for the moment we want to be as a studio band and seeing the evolution of the band, of course we would like to represent our music live in the future.

8.The physical copies of the ep are coming out on 'Black Funeral Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?
Well, basically it was because i'm the vocalist of another band with the name "Sanginem Daemonus" and that label was the one that produced our EP too. So i told them about my "Ignis Invocatio"project and they liked too.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
When we announced our EP through bandcamp we had a very good acceptance from different countries, which thank the support to underground bands like us.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working to make a Full length and i hope it does not take long to make it known. we see us doing more of this dark music in the future doing it with more violence and dark essence.

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?
Our influence is focused on bands like Bathory (mainly), horna, pest, watain etc. and nowadays we listen a lot of bands who they have a really great sound like kadotus, Qayin regis, ultra silvam, voodus Etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just i hope this music continues with many violence , dark essence and devil worship And FUCK OFF!!!! all this fashion shit.