Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Flukt Interview

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



A.Ø – First let me introduce the band. I do vocals and guitars, O.K.F do guitars, F.H play drums and S.E do bass guitar. Well I have spent hours after hours online promoting this album. But I have to say the response and reviews we have got so far is beyond great.



O.K.F – We have done some live shows in Norway this year. We were main support for Arvas on their “Equanimity” tour. And we did some shows with Svart lotus and Dalit. Currently we are already working on new songs and planning live shows for 2020.



2.Recently you have your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and singles?



O.K.F – The album does not differ that much from our previous releases. The style is the same. But I feel like we are getting better for each release as musician and as songwriters.



A.Ø – Like O.K.F said, I think this album is much better written and performed. The pace and level of aggression is raised a lot compare to our previous releases. But Flukt is still Flukt, old school Black Metal. Straight to the point, no bullshit.





3.Some of the lyrics on the new album touch on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?



A.Ø – My interest in occult and ancient mysticism have led me to read a lot of weird and I guess nerdy stuff. On the album I write about the Nephilim and the old Serpent. Which are ancient myths and stories you can find in old books and tales from old religions.



O.K.F – Death is a topic that interests us. But we are not into satanism or anything like that.



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



O.K.F – War, especially WW2. As you can tell from our first ep “holocaust”, and also the song “einsatz” on the album.



A.Ø – But we also write about personal matters and thoughts on darker subjects. Like inner demons, evil in mankind, apocalyptic themes and of course death.





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



A.Ø – The main inspiration I had for the album cover was those old devil & demon paintings you can find in medieval churches and religious books. It reflects the overall lyrical theme on the album. As the album title says, Darkness devour. I think Moonring art design nailed it.



O.K.F – For those who have bought the CD, you can find a hand drawn picture of a Nephilim figure in the booklet made by Drawnsword.



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



S.E – The best shows must have been the ones we did on the last Norwegian run we had. We’re the best we’ve ever been, and the energy both on stage an in the crowd has been really powerful.



A.Ø – I agree with S.E, we are better now than ever. For me live concert is a natural high. The adrenaline level in my bloodstream is skyrocketing, and it’s almost like an out of body experience.



O.K.F – We have done some great shows this year, with Dalit in Kristiansand, Svart lotus in Oslo and with Arvas & Istårn in Bergen. To mention a few. We consider ourselves as a great live band. We use makeup, not like the traditional Black Metal bands, we have found our own style. And we try to deliver our music with an aggressive and atmospheric performance.



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



Flukt – We have some great plans for 2020, can’t say much about it now other than we will perform at Vaterland in Oslo together with Djevelkult and Damnation. But what we can say is that there will be opportunities to see Flukt outside of Norway in 2020!





8.The new album was released on 'Dusktone' how would you compare working with them to your previous labels 'Nordic Mission' and 'Sky Burns Black Records'?



A.Ø – All of them has been the “right” step at the “right” time for the band. SkyBurnsBlack was a great starting point, our good friends at NordicMission Productions was a big door opener for us and they have done a lot to spread the name FLUKT. Dusktone on the other hand is a huge step up for us. The label has good distribution and great contacts around. So, I think we have only seen the beginning of what to come for FLUKT.





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





O.K.F – We have had great feedback so far. Releasing an album on Dusktone has been very good for us, reaching a lot more people and new fans around the world.



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?



S.E – Searching the architect have a couple of new songs and plans to release a new album sometime in 2020. A new studio and new equipment take some time to get used to, but it’s full on track for a new release within the next year.



A.Ø – I have a new project together with Ø. Neset and O.K.F. The project is called Terror Machine, and we will release our debut ep during 2020. We are going to record the drums next month! Terror Machine delivers violent and restless Extreme metal.



O.K.F – Me and F.H has something brewing, so there is a lot going on. But Flukt is our main band that we use most of our time on.



A.Ø – yeah that’s true, Flukt comes first.



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



A.Ø – I think we are on a good path with “Darkness devour” so I believe we will continue down this path of deliver cold, dynamic old school Black Metal. Nothing fancy, just flesh and bones.



O.K.F – We have already started making new songs for a future release, still aggressive and atmospheric. But I think it is too early to tell what comes out of it.



S.E – Hoping to bring a bit more ambience and haunting melodies into the mix, but still keeping that dark and old school sound.





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?



S.E – Everyone has their own preferences, for me it’s been a lot of Shadow of intent, Sleep token and Cabal, but also a lot of synth wave and electronic music that I’ve listened to lately.



A.Ø – For me it is the same old music that inspired me now to make music as when I started out. The Norwegian Black Metal scene from the 90s. And extreme metal from the 80s. too many to mention! Lately I have listened a lot to the new Mayhem – Daemon album, and the new record from Djevel.



O.K.F – The 90s Black Metal is a great influence to me, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth and so on. Also, newer bands like Koldbrann, Djevel, 1349 etc. Also Thrash and Death metal bands like Sepultura, Metallica, Belphegor and Deicide. There have been some good releases this year, Djevel, Mayhem, Arvas to mention some.



F.H – The new album from Djevel and Gaahls wyrd is great.



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



Flukt – Thanks for this interview and for the great review you gave “Darkness devour”. For the readers out there, support the underground by going to shows and buy music!


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Kaldvard Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. If we were to explain Kaldvard to potential new fans we would tell them that the we play heavy and old school, but black riffs and that we are in love with melodic lead guitar and shifts through rhythm with the drums to give power to parts of the song etc. We are also a bit more melodious than straight forward plain metal. Take "Fossegrimens Pant"; this was our title track on the first album. Kaldr was struggling with the whole song, making it work etc. When he finally was able to sort the song out, he was thinking "uhm, this song needs a fiddle.". He called an old classmate who he knew played the fiddle, and she, Silje Vevle, added to the song this amazing tunes. Gave the song a whole new level. We still remembers the chills we got while recording.  So we have some soft spots here and there. We like to do our best with what we got, and we think we are at that point now that we can say that we did.
The band is 3 guys. Kaldr and Galge had worked together before as security guards. So when Kaldr recorded a riff in 2017 that he thought could be something, Galge was the one who got to listen to it, mainly to give his opinion on the riff. But ended up recording vocals on the whole shabang, when the song was done. So thats when Kaldvard was born. We made one more song after that to see if we could/should work together. And we could...! Very much so. So, the thoughts of an album was almost immediately put to life. Or, at least EP. But since Kaldr found himself  in this amazing "drive force", an album was the right thing to do. Too much riffs not to go all the way.


2.In November you have a new album coming out musically how does it differ from the recording you had released in 2018?
2. Yes. November it will finally happen! New album! Just a little bit over one year since the first. So, how will it differ from the first. Well, the recordings are "better", in that sense that everybody is learning new stuff. And since the first one we have bought a new DAW (music production), new midi drums, new guitar plugins, new guitar as well, we got awesome work on the lyrics, a new bass player (on the last album Kaldr was also the bass player), better programming, better understanding, new mix and mastering plugins etc etc. W. Studios (Egill Wessel Nyheim) who mixed us are using a whole new setup, and giving us this modern but still old sound. With all this new stuff we feel like we can do anything. So, bottom line probably should be better production over all.

3.Some of the lyrics go into the witch trials of Norway and Denmark during the 16th and 17th century, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this historical event?
3. Our lyrics are the result of an "meeting" Kaldr and Galge had, deciding what we should write about. Galge being very interessted in history in general, but local stories in particular, came up with the idea. And Kaldr supported that. Then Galge could go in to the deep, searching for stories that happend etc. In Norway we have some legends or tales that "everybody" knows. Like Fossegrim, Nøkken, Trolls and Draugen who was on the first album. On the second album we have some local stories that acutally happend. This is where the witches comes in. We live in Bergen, were they burned witches. The most "famous" one, Anne Pedersdotter, was burned in late 1500's in Nordnes, Bergen. Where we took our last pictures of the band actually. The title track of the new album is about this happening, with the "trial" in the intro and the actual burning of her in a middle part of the song. To make the whole thing sound as terrible as it was, it was probably worse, the real deal you know. Then there are this story that people in town could "hear" the witches on this mountain thatss called Lyderhorn here in Bergen. They reported that they could hear the witches dance around with Satan himself and putting a spell of sickness etc on the local people. We made a song of that of course. In the end of that song we try to make it like the listener can also "hear" the witches up on that mountain, with one hell of a riff and creepy vocals!

4.Some of your other lyrics cover paganism, Nordic mythology, folklore and legends, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
4. Our previous lyrics is about these known norwegian myths, and Galge felt like he needed to cover this in a way. Because he is all about remembering stories and tales. It's not just these things he is interested in of course, but these became very natural to write about given the theme we decided to do. So being the writer (Galge) it means a lot to have done this. Being the producer, the one who makes the music (Kaldr) and "potato" it also means a lot that the album is about something unique.

5.I know that the bands name means 'cold/chilly' in Ancient Norwegian, how does this name fit on with the musical style that you play?
5. The name Kaldvard was chosen because of how it looks in writing, but very much what it means and that it is an old word. So old that no one knows it. We didn't know what it meant at the time we were given the suggestion from a friend. We fell in love with the word right away. And we think it fits us in the way we play. At least it fits the cold, dark stories we tell.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The artwork was done by Kim Holm. He has extremely many paintings, drawings, covers etc under his belt. Many of those who listen to metal knows his work. He did the Abbath cover this year for example. What happened was that, we knew he existed first of all, and we sent him an email explaining what we wanted. We told him that the cover should be of a witch burning. But "how" should be up to him, being the artist and all. So, some time went by and he eventually asks us for the title track. He wanted to listen to the song to get inspired. We sent him the unfinished, unmixed song and he gave us a sketch. We said yes to the first sketch we got, because that it hit us right away. He had not only drawn the burning witch, he had drawn a whole crowd of people watching the burning, as they did it back then. And some buildings etc. We are very proud of our cover art and it sets the mood not only for one song, but for the whole album we think.

7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
7. We have not done any live shows. We call ourselves a studio band. But we have talked about what we should do if the question hits us about live performance, and we are open for it but we would need help. Galge is the only one of us who has done live shows, when he was the vocalist for Gravdal. Kaldr and Ve have never played any shows. But with the right help and the right equipment we could do it, after some serious rehearsals!

8.You also have a couple of guests on the new album, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
8. The first song we got guest artist on was on our title track, and that was a bit funny and very awesome and interesting! On this particular song "Dømt Til Bål Og Brann", Kaldr and Galge had talked about who should be the "judge" in the intro. It has to be a man with a deep voice. Maybe an older man with dialect from Bergen or Denmark. We actually landed on an actor from Bergen, Helge Jordal. We were in touch with his management and all, but this never happened. Suddently Galge remembers he knows Ares! Founder, vocals and guitarist in Aeternus. He is not only local, but is known for his deep voice. So we asked him and he said yes. The main idea was that he only would be the judge in the intro, sending the witch to her execution fire place. But the day he joined us in the house we did recordings in the whole weekend, he was given a grim verse by Galge. They had agreed while Kaldr was outside smoking. Kaldr's thought was "oh FUCK yeah!". It was quite an experience to sit there, recording his vocals to were it sits, him being the pro and we being the noobs. But all went well and he thanked us and we drove him home. The woman who plays the witch, Silje, we recorded a month later. She has some experience in theatre and was not embarrassed, to put it like that. She went in screaming and shouting. This went quickly, and she was awesome. We are very grateful she did it so well!
Our second guest is V'Gandr from Helheim. This was a shot in the dark really. Kaldr, who is totally unknown for him sent him an email, asking if he could sing on this song he never had heard of. He answered rather quickly and said that he could do it if the song was good. Kaldr sent him the song, and he said yes. We were very excited! He told us that he wanted to do it freely. He listening to the song and sing along until he felt it was "gotime". And the result? Holy shit, we didn't know how to react actually. It was above all of our imaginations. He did an extremely good job on the clean vocals for "Tilbake"!
And, Kaldr felt like we needed a fiddle... So, he called Silje Vevle once again. Putting fiddle on "Tilbake". This song is so amazing that if you like this kind of things, or maybe you just like one thing but not the other, this is the song you need to listen to! She makes this "on the spot", freestyle tunes as we go. And Kaldr sits there, with goosebumps, recording and enjoying every note

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9. We were looking for labels to work with last year and early this year. But nothing happened. We got these "we really like you, but..." answers. So we got a little frustrated. As we worked on the second album, and we realized how much work we put in it, and how good we felt it was we came up with the promotion idea. Buying promotion from a company. That we would have got with a label perhaps. We asked a guy named Roger, who had written a review on our first album, if he knew anything about this stuff. He gave us a list with companies who promotes metal music. So we landed on Grand Sounds Promotion. And so far so good. We are not actively looking for an label right now, but if we were asked to be signed we would be very interested to talk to them


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. On our first album we didn't buy promotion like this. At the same time we suck at promoting ourselves. Not many people on our facebook page etc etc. But we managed to get some reviews and an small audience. We are completely aware of that we are new to the underground scene, but we still think that the first album deserved more than it got. But we are pleased with the reviews and that we kind of managed to get it "out there" anyways.
 This time we want to do it in a better way. We are not looking to be rock stars and make a bunch of money, but we would like it if our music got in the right channels so people can discover us.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. The future for us is something we have n t talked about that much. The main thing we had a real talk about was this live show thing. In musical perspective we think that we will keep doing what we feel we are good at. Maybe try some new stuff and make the total even better, but for right now we are happy with what we got. We are interested in the sound is as good as possible, and with so many ways to do it, it's easy to achieve something we can stand for.

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. We are a gang who listen to a lot of different things. Kaldr likes "everything". Now days he listens a lot to what he was listening to when he was a teenager. Naglfar, Myrkgrav, Einherjer, Helheim, Watain etc. But a lot of new stuff hits the ear as well.
Galge listens a lot to Einherjer, Dimmu, Shining, Gorgoroth and Metallica.
Ve likes Disturbed, Metallica, Maiden and that kind of stuff.
When Kaldr makes the music he try not to be influenced by anything. But maybe there is something subconscious when he is in the zone. Other people can probably hear something we haven't thought about and compare us to other bands. At the same time we know what we like, and the music we make is probably an outcome of that.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. We are very excited to see how this new album will do. We have worked really hard on it over a long period of time and we are proud as hell! Hope it will make us more proud and that we get inspired to make more music next year!

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Israthoum/Arrows From Below/New Era/2019 CD Review


  Netherlands's  Israthoum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Arrows  From  Below"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  New  Era.

  A  very  heavy  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  music  style  pianos,

  A couple  of  the  tracks  are  also long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  melodic vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  stringed  instruments,  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  left  hand  path,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Israthoum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bracu  Magistris"  and  "Tuam  Vocavit".  8  out  of  10.

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Toluca/Soras/Tokyo Jupiter Records/2019 CD Review


  Toluca  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  blackgaze  and  screamo  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Soras" which  will  be  released  on  November  29th  by Tokyo  Jupiter  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along with  some  distorted  guitar  drones  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  post  hardcore  style  shouts  and  screamo  style  screams   along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling,  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clear  singing  is  also  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments,

  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in a   very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  can  also  be  heard,  spoken  word  parts  also  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  the  Goetic  demons  from  The  Lesser  Keys  Of  Solomon.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  album  from  Toluca  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  blackgaze  and  screamo,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leraje"  "Vassago"  "Gusion"  and  "Sallos".  7/5  out  of  10.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Trajeto de Cabra/Supreme Command Of Satanic Will/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Trajeto  de  Cabra  are  a  band  from  British  Columbia,  Canada  that  plays  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Supreme  Command  Of  Satanic  Will"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Bestial   growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  also  adds  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Trajeto  de  Cabra  plays  a  style  of  war  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trajeto  de  Cabra  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Fear  of  Saturn"  "Supreme  Command  Of  Satanic  Will"  and  Heretic  Terrorist".  8  out  of  10.

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BlackQueen Interview

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

We reached a point where we stopped playing live shows due to some of the members being too busy with other things to further contribute, which, although unfortunate, has also given us the time to work on new material and restructure things for the next venture. We are shifting gears to continue for the most creative and positive outcome for next year. Touring Europe is on our radar next, and a new recording.

2. You have a new album coming out before the end of November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The Destructive Cycle is a concept album, designed to have a certain effect when all the songs are played in the proper order. It has been written as a sort of musical spell. The results of which I can't actually reveal as it may compromise the effects of its charge. Musically its our most technically composed album. I think it stands apart from the other records in the totality of its overall theme.

3. This is also your first album to be released since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

I spent a straight year writing and composing these songs with our drummer Patrick. He lives in Portland Oregon so it was kind of a long distance thing. We crammed for entire weekends at a time, so we were very prepared when we got together to write. He's a very competent and solid thrash/grind drummer, so the songs for this album were written with his style of playing in mind. We tracked and mixed the album ourselves for a full year also, taking our time, as is usually not the case when you are in a studio paying an engineer and staying on budget. Our keyboardist Brandon Fitzsimons did all the production and we are very pleased that we took our time as the results more than lived up to our expectations.

4. The lyrics on the new album deal with the Taoist five element theory, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in eastern esoteric religions and cultures?

I have been studying chinese martial arts since the early 90s, and in 2005 was certified as an instructor of Wing Chun Do Gung Fu. After that I became involved in the Taoist Wudang internal styles, specializing in sword. Five element theory bleeds into the techniques of sword and XingYi which the former i have studied for 10 years, and the latter for many. The creative and destructive cycles are part of the forms of these arts. In 2010 I traveled to the Wudang Mountains in China with a Taoist priest as my guide and teacher. The spiritual and electromagnetic energy there is overwhelmingly strong and made a huge impact on me. I relate to this way of understanding the world and cosmos very intimately, and am a firm believer in its power.

5. You have also covered lyrics deal with western occultism on previous releases, can you tell us a little bit more about how your interest in this topic has evolved over the years?

I have always been a solitary practitioner and have never been a follower of any one lineage or stylistic practice. Looking at my evolution of influence, it is probably closest to Chaos Magick but with a strong emphasis on the internal martial arts as a catalyst for generating creative power. Over the last few years I have worked with a very talented teacher of hermetic alchemy. The more I study the different arts, the more I discover about my true self, and this reinforces my belief that the only true practice is the one you make your own. As alchemy states, 'Know Thyself'. I am still and will always be on the path to self knowledge.

6. You have also shown an interest in Italian horror movies, what are some of the films that have had the biggest influence on your music?

Definitely Dario Argento's Suspiria and Inferno were a big influence, especially in the old days of the writing of the Witch Metal demos. His interpretation of the fates as witches was a driving force for me at that point. Really any film that had a strong soundtrack and was part of the Giallo imagery has always been influencial. Both Goblin and the soundtracks of Fabio Frizzi have been very motivational.

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

The name is inspired by a character from Dario Argento's Suspiria. The black Queen is what the initiated members of the coven refer to the coven head as. One who has become a master of her own magick. Black Queen can also be thought of as a reference to the destructive power of nature, which most humans seems to view with fear and misunderstanding. Most natural disasters are treated as tragedies by humanity due to the loss of human life, when in all honestly it is part of the natural cycle of the planet and cosmos, and very necessary for growth and progress. The powerful fearful psychological energy created by the human ego as a result of these events is like a massive destructive entity that cannot be reckoned with. This also is the black queen.

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

We contracted Jef Whitehead for the painting of the cover as we have a very high degree of respect for his artistic vision and originality both visually and in his musical endeavors. I sent him a string of photos of movements from the Wudang sword and whisk form for inspiration. Other than being used as a weapon, the taoist whisk is used for banishing malevolent energy. The being wielding these in the painting represents the destructive power of the universe in female form (mother nature), who is creating a swirling circle with the weapons as energy is emitted from a black triangle representing the void. We couldn't be happier with his interpretation of the album's concept. It fits the music perfectly.

9. 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 one that really stands out was playing Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin Texas. We got to pretty much open the festival and also playing were Goblin, Eyehategod, Repulsion, The Melvins, lots of amazing performances and horror films screened. We also each ate our weight in tacos. I really have loved all the shows we have played but it's always more fun to play in a town that is not where you are from. People just seem to react more responsively and get into it more. As for stage performance, everyone in this band is able to lose control live, it's not one of those bands where people just stand there and play the songs in a controlled way. When you are really having fun on stage, the crowd will pick up on it and respond. The way i see it everyone is there together, it's not just that the band is playing and everyone is watching, it's everyones energy together that makes a good show, not just that band's.

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

Not at this point. We plan on going straight into writing new material and working on some video first. We would like to have something brand new to play the next time we play out.

11. The new album is going to be released thought both 'Roman Numeral Records' and 'Super Sargasso', can you tell us a little bit more about both of these labels?

Super Sargasso is a label out of Lima, Peru and we worked with them on the release of The Directress. A small label but very great to work with and we are very happy to have representation in South America, where people take their metal very seriously. Roman Numeral is run by Paul Pavlovich, who i played with in Assuck, and has also remained a very close friend since those days. He is releasing the vinyl and doing the design on it. All of his releases have a very high bar for the visual artistic integrity of the release. He really makes everything he puts out something very special to hold in your hands and behold. Everyone should really check out the releases from both these labels, its all really great stuff.

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

Pretty good. Some people get it, some do not. We have always never really gave a fuck about what is currently going on and what is popular, we just create our art the way we want to. It seems like some people really want your music to fit into a genre, like it's death metal, or it's black metal or doom or whatever. We really have never cared for that mentality as we see it as very limiting. You might have a very black metal band that has people wearing cloaks and lots of candles and burning sage and all that, but is the music coming straight from their soul and their pain and experience in life? Or is it just mimicry for the sake of fitting into some lifestyle or fashion? We don't try to fit into these moulds, and we hope that our music reaches people, but we just do what we do without the outside influence of trends. It's the subtleties of our music that i feel make it unique, and many people have been able to tap into that.

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

Well things are going to get a lot more into the soundtrack realm for the next release, it's something we have always wanted to do. It will still be metal, just more theme driven instead of being focused on extremity and thrash. All the same signature traits will still be there.

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?

As influences that are older there is Celtic Frost's To Megatherion, C.O.C.'s Animosity and Septic Death as well as things like Goblin, Fabio Frizzi and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. Recently been listening to Oranssi Pazuzu and Leviathan's Scar Sighted, as well as the Nasa Voyager recordings which isn't really music, but its unique because it wasn't recorded on earth. I listen to my share of field recordings and experimental music of all kinds too, and some traditional balkan music also. Ved Buens Ende and Ulver have always been a big influence for me also. I love their music.

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

Don't let the monkey brain get in the way. As Bruce Lee said, "Don't think, feel!". Thank you for your time.

Moregengrau Interview

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

Vultus: Hi there. Morgengrau is a black metal band from Germany, more specifically from Lower Bavaria.  The band started out as a two-men project 10 years ago, consisting of our former drummer Necrodaemon and me. In the following years we completed our lineup step by step, resulting in todays formation of Morgengrau. Since two of our members (guitarist Katharsis and drummer Moloch) live in Austria and we therefore can not rehearse on a regular basis, everything has to be well organized. In 2013 we released a demo cd called "Schattenzeiten". The demo was recorded without a bass (our bassist Krieg joined the band one year later). Our debut full-length album "Staub zu Staub" was released in March 2017. Approximately one year later co-founder Necrodaemon left the band, which forced us to search for a new drummer, which took quite some time. Finally, in August 2019, Moloch joined the band as the new man behind the drum kit. Currently we are in the middle of the songwriting process for a new album.


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

Vultus: Well, let’s take a look at the sound as well as the production aspects. The demo was completely recorded and produced by ourselves. We wanted to create both, a melodic as well as a raw sound but by taking into account the advantages of a modern production. Nevertheless, people often refer to us as old school black metal, where we tend to not agree with. However, even since we use certain traditional elements, which may be associated with old school black metal, it was never intended to mimick the style of 90's black metal.
When comparing the demo to the album the most obvious, yet one of the crucial aspects regarding the differences in sound, is the presence/absence of a bass guitar. The demo was recorded without a bass and to be honest, we first didn’t even consider to add a bassist to our line-up. After our live performances in 2012 and 2013 some sound engineers recommended that we should add a bass guitar to our sound. Finally, we had the opportunity to engage the very talented bassist “Krieg” and from nowadays perspective we couldn’t be happier with this decision.
Songwritingwise we had a bunch of new ideas for the full-length album and it was our goal to present black metal driven by blast beat drumming at higher tempos in general, including atmospheric and vicious guitar riffs and a rocking, yet melodic bass. Also, I guess one of our signature elements is the notorious voice of our vocalist Lupus, which adds the “spice” to our compositions. With this in mind, the production of "Staub zu Staub" started in May 2014 and ended in November 2016. While the guitar and bass recordings were done in our home studio, we entered a professional studio for vocal tracking, mixing and mastering.


3. The band has been around since 2009 but so far has only released a demo in 2013 and a full length in 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?

Vultus: Due to the fact that we are scattered across Bavaria and Austria it is impossible for us to meet on a regular basis. Since we also have to prepare for live performances, almost all of our rehearsal time is occupied with playing already existing songs. As a result, the songwriting process mostly takes place at our homes, where usually one of us comes up with an idea, a riff or even an almost finished song. We type that into our computers by use of an appropriate software and share it with our fellow bandmates and, if necessary, everyone can add his ideas.


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

Vultus: The experience of our life's is the basis for our music as well as for the lyrics. Ultimately, all of our songs have their own conceptual message, which tends to be part of a daily journey. On this journey, you can collect a lot of impressions about life and death, thoughts about the behaviour of human mankind on earth and against nature or, in complete contrast, the beauty of nature itself.


5. The older lyrics were more anti Christian based, what was the decision behind moving away from that songwriting approach?

Vultus: Back in the days, around our founding years, our music was rather primitive and so were the lyrics. Nevertheless this does not mean that it was not demanding for us. Eventually, it is a continuous process of self-discovery that is not less dependent on different life situations. By emphasizing more the atmospherical aspects of Black Metal and moving our minds towards atheism, also the lyrical concept evolved in many ways.


6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morgengrau'?

Vultus: The english meaning of 'Morgengrau' is, roughly translated, dawn of a new day. Our main inspiration behind that name is, roughly speaking, that every day starts with a - more or less colorful - dawn, even if there is no mankind anymore.


7. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was present on the last album?

Vultus: The idea we had in mind by choosing the eye on the front cover of the album was that the spectator should feel watched, or observed. Combined with the title it highlights the message – without any attempt of whitewashing - that everyone of us will return to dust.


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

Vultus: Trying to remember the best shows of us makes me thinking about supporting 1349 on the launch of their Chaos Raids Europe tour in Munich, back in November 2014. This was kind of a real honour to be part of this concert. Later on, besides enjoying every single live appearance we did, some really awesome festival gigs, e.g. co-headlining Hammerfest South Tyrol in 2016 and starting the second day of Dark Easter Metal Meeting Munich in 2018 in front of a full house, were very exceptional experiences.
Performing live since 2012 has been showing us one characteristic feature: This kind of music has to obscurely fascinate people. Otherwise you will not reach out to the audience for a whole show.


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

Currently there are two confirmed 10th anniversary shows this year. The first one will take place in Regensburg/Germany with Waldgefluester and Wolves Den on 16th November. The second one will be our first ever live appearance in Austria's capital Vienna on 29th November.
There are no plans for 2020 yet, except from first ideas about organising a release event.


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

Vultus: We always have on eye if there are some interesting labels that might be a good match for us (at least from our perspective), but we also have received interests so far. All in all I think I don't have to mention that it would be milestone in the band’s history if we sign up to a appropriate label which has certain power in terms of range and money as well. But we take our time until the right opportunity shows up. There is no reason to rush in this matter. But if something changes, you can be sure that the news will be spread through our web channels.


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

Vultus: By talking about our listeners, the vast majority comes from Germany, Austria and Italy. But we also received some feedback from the USA and Mexico.


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

Vultus: Not all of us are involved with other bands, but some of us are! Krieg is also performing as bassist for death metal maniacs Abstractyss, drummer Moloch is also involved in black metal bands Waldschrat and Heidnir, the death metal formation Abaddon Codex and own-styled Hackmonocut (all of them are located in Austria), guitarist Katharsis also plays the drums for black metal band Ill Tidings from Vienna and is involved as a live member in several other black metal formations.


13. When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Vultus: Currently we are working on the successor of “Staub zu Staub”. The plan is to release it in the first half of 2020. We all do not know what time will bring to the band's progress, but finally we will refine our style getting away from these raw attitudes into a more epic, melodic and atmospheric sound.


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?

Vultus: Each of us has his passion and his own favorites. We can say that they influence us to make music, but they do not influence our musical content directly (at least this applies to me). Generally I am listening to lots of black metal bands (second wave until today) but I also do have some favorites in death metal and the mixture between these two genres. Some of my all time favorites are Kampfar, Watain, Naglfar, Hypocrisy and The 3rd Attempt.


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

Vultus: I would like to say a big thank you to my fellow band members, including those who parted ways with Morgengrau or were temporary part as session musicians. Also a big shout out to our fans and supporters and partners so far.
Also thank you for the interview!

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Annata Nera Interview

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

Högash: We formed in early 2019, in Italy, exactly in Rieti (VMBILICVS ITALIAE). The first idea was born by me and welcomed with open arms by Asdraeth and Nekroshadow.
The Geography is very important for us because it determines the use of our dialect in our songs, which greatly influences the themes treated, the imagery and the forms used on lyrics.

Nekroshadow: Basically we are talking about 3 friends who have been dating for a long time, we are among the very few people who listen to extreme music in our small city, especially Black Metal. Let's say that we would have liked to create an our own project sooner or later, deciding to focus it partly on some folk elements, as we are also passionate about myths and legends related to our territory.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Högash: "Per Aspera ad Mortis" is our first "creature".
Musically, we have very different influences, different inspirations and different interests. This leads to the creation of heterogeneous compositions blended from a viscous “medium” like the passion for music and the sensations it leads to try.
Different musical influences such as death, thrash, black, folk, have given us an incredible possibility. Normally, this leads to many stylistic discrepancies that don’t always work but on the other hand, we have managed to live up to these differences by transforming them into our music.

Nekroshadow: We noticed with pleasure that we all have the same concept about this kind of music despite the different influences. Before we approached this genre, several years ago, we all came from different musical backgrounds: me from Heavy and Thrash Metal, Asdraeth from Death. Högash is the one who has approached Black Metal many years earlier. It was great to see how whole songs came up with no complications, like every riff or idea matching perfectly with each other.

3.The band was formed in 2019 and also released an album in the same year, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Högash: Actually, with commitment and perseverance, impossible goals can be achieved.
Many have an initial burnout that, taken by the enthusiasm and the wind of creativity, leads them to exhaust their energy almost immediately.
At the other hand we have to say that Per Aspera it is not a particularly voluminous album and that helped a lot with times too.

Nekroshadow: It was a very spontaneous and natural process, it didn't take very long because we was rather taken by the thing and we always wanted to compose. I can tell you that we already have some new tracks ready.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Sabine folk lore and history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Högash: This is my favorite part.
There is a proverb that states "Every world is country".
Our territory suffered everything that, of course, the rest of the world undergone too, but being a small reality, even what has been long past, this has been felt and dug into the skin of the inhabitants. A global catastrophe, for example, becomes hopelessly a local catastrophe. Every place lives history in its own way, and I want to tell our point of view and so, to tell the point of view of the rest of the country and therefore, of the world.

Nekroshadow: We are deeply connected to our territory, not only in an affective way but also from an historical point of view. We are fascinated by our legends, and each alley has its own precise and definite history, often dating back to a pre-Roman era. There is really a lot to say and we have implemented it in our music.

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

Högash: In addition to folk elements, actual themes throughout the album are blasphemy, spirituality and satanism.

6.I know that the band name means 'black year' in Italian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Högash: ”Annata Nera" actually contains a far deeper concept than "Black Year". Annata nera is, in agriculture for example, a lean period, an horrible moment to live. For a country it can represent a period of fifty, a hundred, a thousand years. With this project we want to talk about the violence suffered by our territory too, in the past and in the present. "Tremori Atavici", for example, has the foundations focused on recent seismic events (but also the most dated) and it’s a "complaint" track. Nothing satanic, nothing folkloristic. Only a complaint against human negligence and the lack of respect by the so-called "high plans" towards nature and people of which they had civil and human responsibility.
The band name can be translated more correctly as "A DARK AGE". But literally yes, it means "Black Year".

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

Högash: The main theme about the artwork of "Per Aspera ad Mortis" is death.
On the cover there is an ancient deity: "Rea" (from which "Reate", ancient name of "Rieti"), mother of "Romulus" and "Remus", in a landscape in flames.
A divinity linked to life and prosperity, which is the center of death, with wings like a black angel, holding the offspring of a kingdom made of pain and atrocity (Mortis).


8.Currently the band is only a studio project, are you open to expanding into live shows during the future?

Högash: Ahahah!

Nekroshadow: “Time will tell”.

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

Högash: We have found really encouraging and positive opinions.

Nekroshadow: Although we recently started, the record is not going bad for the moment and I honestly didn't expect that.

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?

Högash: I don't have parallel projects at the moment.

Nekroshadow: At the moment I'm busy with some future releases of my other bands, first of all with "Infernal Angels", we have recently announced our next album and organizing different shows.
Furthermore, for almost 3 years now, Asdraeth and I, we are also working on an Atmospheric/Post Black Metal project that responds to the name of "Umbilicus Necis”;
a single has already been released, soon its first album will also be released for this project too.

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

Högash: Working constantly and in an increasingly mature and conscious way. Creating tracks that also cause questions and curiosity. Curiosity moves the world from the dawn of time.
We are very open about experimentation: we are not tied to a narrow and specific style. We are the ones who adapt to the issues to be treated and not vice-versa.
You can talk about a flower in a completely different and atypical way with black metal; it would be foolish to fall on the usual arguments and let that opportunity to escape.
I don't want to talk about death and despair for all my entire life just because we play black metal.

Nekroshadow:
We will keep this aggressive line probably, or better, developing it continuously. Fundamentally, the project is an outburst, therefore, markedly influenced by our recurring sensations.


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?

Högash: I am, personally, totally enraptured by the atmosphere.
Atmosphere for me is everything… more than the lyrics themselves. I mean the conceptual atmosphere created by the sound, the riffing, the vocals and so on.
That can immerge you in a reality where it is easier to understand the lyrics.
Without that, the listener is like a foreigner who doesn’t speak the local language at all. Basically we focus on something rather sulphurous and evil.
Bands like "Funeral Mist", "Ragnarok" and "Belphegor" (but also others) are masters about this.

13.Does Satanism play any role in your music?

Högash: Yes, but it is not a prerogative, nor is it a subject on which to beat the nail too much, at least for our music. As can be guessed from the other answers, Satanism is only one of the ingredients for the music we make.


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

Högash: It was a pleasure to talk with you.

Nekroshadow: Thanks for the space given to us.



Lunacy Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lunacy was formed in 2014. From the beginning, it was me and Morena. I write music, lyrics and play all the instruments. Morena is a singer. To this moment, we have had one split album with Closed Room (we both are members of the band) and two full length albums. More to come.

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Every time I try something new. Different approaches to arrangements, different sounds of the instruments. Just different colors.
But, at the same time, it is still my music. The colors are different, but the plot more or less is the same. You can play a single melody, but achieve something completely new.
For sure, I do not play the same melody, but this is still me with my style of playing and my taste.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
The main topic is my life. I write about my views, experience, about what I like and what I do not like. About me (or us) as a part of nature and how I see it.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lunacy'?
Usually, “Lunacy” is something about madness or insanity. You will definitely find these words if you try to look for the meaning.
But I found this title in a book and there was a completely different description.
Lunacy is a night, when all animals are getting together and celebrating their Wild Life.
And it is not about a man.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
It was made by Maksim Hintau. He is a talented guy who understands what I want to get. I tell him my vision and then we just finalize it together.

This is a continuation of the artwork that was on the first album. The main character is on his journey. Like me with music.

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?
I have so many ideas to release... I just do not want to spend my time showing my music to other musicians, spend time for rehearsals and so forth. I can play guitar, bass, drums, piano. It is enough for me. Maybe, if my skills are not enough in the future, I will hire somebody else, but it is not for now.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Valse Sinistre', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label is from Romania. They found us before the first Closed Room album. “My Favourite Dreams” is my fourth release with the label.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of metal and post rock?
We have received some positive reviews. From time to time, I receive emails or messages with words of gratitude from people all over the World. But we do not play gigs, so it is hard to measure the reaction.

9.What is going on with 'Closed Room' these days?
It is on pause. We live in different cities. It is hard to write something together. I definitely want to create something new with the project, but cannot guarantee it will happen.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have no ideas and I really like it. It is an endless journey. I do not remember the beginning and, I hope, it is not the end. Just more music, more experiments and more great moments.

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?
I am a huge fan of music. I have hundreds of my favorite bands/artists and albums.
Ulver and The Necks, The Beatles and The Beach Boys (“Pet Sounds” and “Smile”), Pink Floyd and  Bill Evans, Anathema and Alcest,  Burzum and Darkthrone, The Cure and Oasis, Kraftwerk and My Bloody Valentine, Metallica and Bathory… Rock, metal, jazz, classical, experimental…   It is an endless list.
But it is not an influence like a desire to copy something. It does not work like I listen to the band and then just copy them.
The latest album contains many elements from 50’s and 60’s. But you will never think about 60’s, because it is something completely different. I just know about these options and I use them, when it is required.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nature. For sure, it is the main inspiration in my life. I like to spend my time just walking around, visiting forests and lakes. Occasionally I travel abroad just to visit some beautiful places.
Nature, different seasons, weather – these all have a huge influence on me and my music.
Less is better. Do you know what I mean?

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check the album and, maybe, your 40 minutes will be good and you will enjoy it.
Thank you for your interest and support.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Porta Nigra/Schopfungswut/Soulseller Records/2019 CD Review


  Porta  Nigra  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Schopfungswut"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Soulseller  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  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  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  clean  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  one  some  of  the  tracks.

  At  times  the  black metal  screams  also  utilize  a  very  depressive  sounding  tone  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  experimental  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  1,  Fin  de  Siecle  era,  sex  and  mental  illness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Porta  Nigra  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Rad  des  Ixion"  and  "Unser  Weg  nach  Elysium".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/maGJY4jApeA

Svarttjern/Shame Is Just A Word/Soulseller Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Svarttjern  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  misanthropic  from  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  album  "Shame  Is  Just  A  Word"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Soulseller  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Norwegian  style  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.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  showing  a  thrash metal  influence.

   When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  as  well  as  having  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  elements  and  they  also  add  in  a  cover  of  Exodus's  "Bonded  By  Blood".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  satanism,  misanthropy,  anti  religion  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svarttjern  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prince  Of  Disgust"  "Melodies  Of  Lust"  and  "Shame  Is  Just  A  Word".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/KpyKsyPcZiM

Imprecation/Black Blood Invocation/Diabolical Flames Of The Ascended Plague/Helter Skelter Productions/Regain Records/2019 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  Imprecation   and  Greece's  Black  Blood  Invocation  and  the  album  is  called  "Diabolical  Flames  Of  the  Ascended  Plague"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter Productions  and  Regain  Records  and  we  are  going  to  start  off  the  review  with  Imprecation  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sounding  very  powerful.  Grim  black  metal  screams  and  evil  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imprecation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Emperor  Of  Infernal  Spirits".

  Next  up  is  Black  Blood  Invocation  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover occultism  and  Necronomicon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Blood  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evocation  Of  The  Alla  Xul"  and  "Atazoth  Nexion".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

https://helterskelterproductions.bandcamp.com/album/diabolical-flames-of-the-ascended-plague