Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mortis Mutilati/The Fate Of Flight 800/2020 CD Review

 
  France's  Mortis  Mutilati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "The  Fate  Of  Flight  800"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  finally  utilized,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  cello's  and  synths  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  sounding  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Flight  800  and  the  mysterious  stories  behind  the  crash.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortis  Mutilati  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different  in  the  black  metal  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Road  To  Nowhere"  "The  Smoke  Of  Your  Corpse"  and  "Ashes".  8  out  of  10.

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Nodus Tollens/Melancholic Waters Ablaze With Fires Of Loss/Trepanation Recordings/2020 CD Review


  Nodus  Tollens  are  a  solo  project  from  Indiana  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Melancholic  Waters  Ablaze  With  Fires  Of  Loss"  which  was  released  by  Trepanation  Recordings.

  Water  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  adding  some  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  playing.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  violins  and  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style,  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  clean  singing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  existential  themes,  anti-toxic  masculinity  and  anti-fascism  themes.           


  In  my  opinion  Nodus  Tollens  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hexenwald/Wolfinninwald"  and  "Ad  Meliora".  8  out  of  10.

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Worsen/Cursed To Witness Life/Wolves Of Hate/The Hell Command/2020 Full Length Review


  Worsen  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Cursed  To  Witness  Life"  which  will  be  released  on  vinyl  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wolves  Of  Hate  and  The  Hell  Command.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams. 

Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  being  done  in  a  very  modern  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  two  closing  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  towards  the  end  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Worsen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  atmospheric  and  modern  sounding  as  well  as  mostly  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  self  mutilation,  darkness  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Worsen  are a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  Grave"  "A  Blade  In  The  Dark"  and  "Haunting  My  Mind".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Eisregen/Leblos/Massacre Records/2020 Double CD Review


  Germany's  Eisregen  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues the  dark  mixture  of  black  and  gothic  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  double  album  "Leblos"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Horror  movie  style keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

     A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  gothic  metal  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing.  At  times  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  classical  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  touches  of  folk  can  also  be  heard  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes  and  the  closing  songs  cover  alcohol.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eisregen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pechschwarz"  "Leblos"  "Mutter  schneidet"  and  "Zeit  zu  saufen".  8  out  of  10.

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Meslamtaea/Geketend in de schaduw van het leven/Babylon Doom Cult Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Meslamtaea  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Geketend  in  de  schaduw  van  het  leven"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Babylon  Doom  Cult  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  it  progressive   moments.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  One  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  depressive  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses,  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of   throat  singing,  synths,  saxophones  and  jazz  elements  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  bands  native  tongue  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  decline  of  the  world  as  we  know  it.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Meslamtaea  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inktzwart"  "Illusie"  and  "Vuilnis".  8  out  of  10.

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Deadlight Sanctuary/Thaumaturgical Rites Of The Damned/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 Full Length Review


  Deadlight  Sanctuary  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  bestial  and  abhorrent  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Thaumaturgical  Rites  Of  The  Damned"  which  will be  released  on  July  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths,  tribal  drumming  and  whispered  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Bestial  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  The  synths  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  tremolo  picking  blast  beats,  war  and  black  metal  elements.

    An  instrumental  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  songs,  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  esoteric,  necromantic,  ritualistic  and  death  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Deadlight  Sanctuary  is  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  and  abhorrent  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trance  Of  Doom"  and  "Cloaked  In  The  Lurking  Fear".  8  out  of  10.

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Husets Natur Interview

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

1. Actually, this is just my project to fill the void of time, as time goes by, I started to be serious about working on songs

2.So far this year you have released  an ep, 3 full lengths and a split, musically how do they differ from each other?
2. Because I like to experiment, so I thought to add some instruments, to make it sound more beautiful

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music?
3. For the topic of lyrics I prefer to talk about the universe, because I myself really love nature


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the namr 'Husets Natur'?
4. Husets Natur itself comes from the Norwegian language which translates the nature of the house, because I already consider this universe like a home, hehehehee

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5. Yes, I recorded everything myself, actually I also have a band but that is death metal, and I made this Solo to vent my own ideas without interference from other people

6.This year you have put out 5 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
6. Well maybe not too much, because I don't have too much work, so to fill in the blanks of time I better make songs

7.You have worked with 'Entocomophobic', Depressive Illusions', and 'Vintage Cult Records' do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
7. Really very helpful for promoting my project

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Gloomy Forest', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had participated on the recording?
8. Yes, it's cool, the music material is also good

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction to your music by fans of black metal?
9. Yes pretty good, quite significant

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
10. From all friends who have supported me in my work

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. Darkthrone, Burzum, Ulver, Mortis, Dissection, Saor, and many more.
what I just listened to at this time was Dissection Album Storm of The Light Bane

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. For Occult black metal Zine, thank you for the interview, and thanks also for friends who have supported me, hail 🤘🤘🤘🔥🔥🔥

Null/Entity/Van Records/2020 CD Review


  Null  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  depressive  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Entity"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Van  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  off  the  recording  which  also  adds  more  of  a  post  metal  style  to  the  songs  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  futility  and  obsolescence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Null  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "None"  and  "An  Idiosyncratic  Mirage".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Noctem Aeturnus/Landscape Of Discord/Naturmacht Productions/2020 CD Review


  Noctem  Aeturnus  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Landscape  Of  Discord"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions,

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  symphonic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  style  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  orchestral  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  more  deep  sounding  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  Nordic  and  Greek  Mythology  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Noctem  Aeturnus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Those  Who  Shall  Perish"  "Necromancy"  and "Solstice  In  The  Dark".  8  out  of  10.

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Ayr/The Dark/Wolves Of Hades/The Hell Command/2020 Full Length Review


  Ayr  are  a  duo  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dark"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wolves  Of  Hades  and  The  Hell  Command.

Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  songs.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being    ambient  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ayr  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  All  Light  Dies"  and  "Sever  The  Golden  Chain".  8  out  of  10.

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Feeling Worthless Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Feeling Worthless is a Black Metal / DSBM project born in the cold winter of 2019. It was born as an experimental project between resident members of different locations in Mexico.

2.You have released a good amount of ep's and singles, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?
In each release we have used a different style to record. In the single "Desciendo, Corto y Muero" and the EP "Jornadas de Automutilación" we had Sick Filips as in charge guitar. Due to its influences towards bizarre genres such as Pornogore and Grindcore, the sound had more violent and raw features, unlike the last singles that had a more abstract and experimental sound. Each member has different influences, so the sound of the band is varied.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the project has explored so far with the music?
Its concept is based on the cult of death, suicide, misanthropy, negativity, and nature, mixed with the mythology of some indigenous cultures from different parts of America. Death is taken as the main inspiration, this as a result of its veneration over time by many cultures and civilizations (here is the participation of pre-Hispanic cultures). The monotony of the songs seeks to demonstrate how gray, boring and insipid life can become, sometimes with good things, but almost always (seeing it on a realistic and negative side), with bad things.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feeling Worthless'?
The name comes from a song by the Venezuelan band "Osteoporosis Aguda", taken from the album "... A Ruthless Hello", to which it belongs. Similarly, the fact of feeling useless and without reason was taken as inspiration, so recording a song from this project is translated and attributed to feeling bad, empty, stupid, useless and with little reason to live. We do not seek to promote suicide, nor that people commit suicide, we seek that people escape through our music and that if they want to get depressed, that we are the reason.

5.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
Not currently, but possible submissions are not ruled out.

6.One of the band members was also involved with the musical project 'Ombdue', how would you compare working solo to working with a full line up?
It is much more comfortable and the flow of ideas is facilitated, the influences of each one always bring something new to the sound and the feedback never ceases to be present. Among all the members of the band we have a good relationship as friends and we have never had friction or problems, it is very satisfying to share talent with people like them.

7.Recently the band released an ep on 'Dirty Fetti', how did you get in contact with this label?
We have been friends for almost two years, during the promotion of "Demo I" of Chorizo Con Papa, I was fortunate to find his seal and he helped me to spread it without problems I told him about this project and he was delighted with our material, with a promptness of two days, our EP was already on his platform.

8.One of the band members also runs "Entocomophobic Records', can you tell us a little bit more about the label and the bands and musical styles you have worked with so far?
Indeed, our vocalist Xinx Asklas is the CEO of this label, which mainly distributes our music. There are not many filters in terms of genres, almost any group or artist can easily enter the label and genres, there is great diversity, including even Latin Jazz and Kitsch Metal projects.

9.Globally, how has been the reaction to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
The truth has been well received by the community despite having so little time of activity. We had the opportunity to appear in Subtle Death Magazine and with various mentions on fanpages, youtube channels and more. Detractors will not be lacking towards this project, but it really is not something that matters to 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 currently producing a single titled "Recuerdos en Blanco y Negro" and after it is published, we will start with our full length titled "Fearless", so it won't be long before we have one on our discography. The truth is that we do not see ourselves beyond a ceptic pit, if there are opportunities while we are still alive, the public may manage to see us live. Have no illusions.

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?
The project has been inspired by bands like Nargaroth, Noctural Depression, Sendero Inexorable, Lifelover, Silencer, Deafheaven, Alcest, Katatonia, Bethelem, Tormentor, Mayhem, Osteoporosis Aguda, Darkthrone, KoRn, Eskapi, Epitafio, Metzeli, Luciferian Rites, Xibalba, Black Dracul and a lot of other bands that we still listen to today.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We appreciate all the support given to the project, the magazine, our followers and Ixtab.

https://www.facebook.com/FWDSBM

Obscure Relic/First Black Communion/Helldprod Records/2020 EP Review


  Obscure  Relic  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "First  Black  Communion"  which  will  be  released  be  released  in  August  by  Helldprod  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era. 

The  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  violent  and  dark  atmosphere  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  European  style.

  Obscure  Relic  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obscure  Relic  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  "The  First  Black  Communion"  and  "Enter  The  Infernal  Realms".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/CAZ9c-H0Xq0

Chorizo Con Papa Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a latin group born in mid-2018, based on bad taste, satire and controversy, thus creating our own genre "Black Kitsch Abstract Metal".

2.Can you tell us a little bit more about your musical style?
Kitsch Metal, is characterized by carrying a radical thought, on the most mean and coarse side of the human being. This is based on the principle of overcoming, we constantly challenge the archetypes and stereotypes of society, we mock and spit on everything, our families, our community, religion, politics, black metal and other groups and even ourselves. This genre is not only that, a genre, it is also a movement and a lifestyle, since you constantly break your own schemes and insecurities, making fun of them, making them your bitch. Basically, kitsch is satire towards everyone and everything, there are no rules, you make fun of everything, under the principle of overcoming (and without harming anyone) facing something strong will only make you less weak. Currently our society is governed by the thinking of sensitive people and without judgment, kitsch seeks to eradicate that behavior. Example, we can make fun of the LGBT community and that does not mean that we are homophobic (some of us in the band are part of that community), we can make fun of South Americans and that does not mean that we are racist (The Singer is from Venezuela, lol). It is all about knowing how to take life calmly, knowing how to respond to situations that, although they are not fatal, afflict our own moral and sometimes physical integrity, the best way to strengthen your abilities is to attack your weaknesses and that is why "we do not we have hair on our tongues" when it comes to speaking. Life is about taking it easy and if your intestines are leaking, just laugh, you're going to die anyway.

3.You refer to your music as being 'black kitsch abtract metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
It was born one night after rehearsing with the band, we were Exodar, a friend and I (Xinx). We were talking about how to define the band, since we used to pose as "Industrial Grunge" before, but this boy named Octavio (our friend), a local journalist, suggested that our genre would fit more with the term Kitsch, since we were too exaggerated in the clothes and lyrics, without putting the fact that we play a hybrid of black metal with other genres. That's when Exodar and I said that the word abstract came in just the same, since anyone could interpret a sexist and stupid song like "Te Voy a Chupar el Burro" as a masterpiece, when in reality only talks about a guy who only thinks in sex. Between drinks of vodka and laughter, what we would know today as BKAM, an unprecedented genre, would emerge. We are Black Metal by sound, we are Kitsch by thinking and we are Abstract by how others can interpret us.

4. What are some of the themes and lyrics that the band has explored so far with music?
As I mentioned before, we play all kinds of controversial topics without any scruples, we have talked about religion in songs like "Mercaderes de la Paz", about a post-apocalyptic future where buying food is a luxury in the song "Taquitos a 100 Varos ", of how any imbecile who claims to be your friend can stab you in the back in "Judas También tocaba el Bajo" and even how menstruation can kill you in" Itzel's Death ". I insist, this band and genre are governed by satire, we make fun of everything and everyone, including ourselves.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chorizo Con Papa'?
It is a very simple story, the guitarists were drunk and one said to another "we should make a band called Papas con Chorizo" and that's how it was created. Then it was that the name was changed to Chorizo con Papa.

6.You have a show planned for the end of August, what can fans expect from one of your live performances?
First of all, the show had to be rescheduled by the end of the year, due to the Covid 19 contingency, but about a show from us ... I can assure you that they will come out full of sweat, beer, blood, our singer blood and some with bruises. In our presentations we give our best and let go of all that anger that we carry inside, not to mention that most of the time we are drunk.

7.Recently you where also a part of a split,can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you shared this recording with?
Lords of Kitsch Metal, one of the best jobs we've ever collaborated on. A split full of shit and blood, of kitsch and destruction. All the bands in the split are bands that we have good friends with, especially with the colombos of Kathreptis, my guitarist (Tlato) and I are fans of their sound. Ni Una Menos is a very good band to be mean, their songs don't last more than 5 seconds and they can't be taken seriously, but above all, these guys know very well how to make feminists mad without dad and people without reason, that is the reason why I like them so much, nor do they take their music seriously, only idiotic people could believe that they really want to skin women. To those of Black Dracul I have too much respect, in Ecuador they are known as Pornographic Black Metal and the truth, the title they deserve. Their sound is too powerful and they can make any atmosphere dense with their mere presence, I usually refer to my good friend the Agamonth as the "Fire Spit", since in his presentations he uses torches and spits flames. Drudenfuss, I have been meeting José Rojas and Frandy Molina for 4 years, they are very humble and talented people, they have always been supporting CCP and they have never turned their backs on us, those guys are worth their weight in gold, especially now that one one of them ventures into the world of record labels and they always have us in mind. All the bands on this album are good and there is nothing that makes us think otherwise.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have had too much support. Many people since our genesis have fervently supported us, making appearances in magazines, YouTube channels, pages, blogs, reviews and an endless number of things that sometimes we do not even know how we got there, we have sounded in 3 of the 5 continents (America, Asia and Europe) and we were even invited by Metal Hammer Portugal to participate in a compilation, which we declined because they charge dearly (haha). We have published our demo on labels and broadcasters in Chile, Italy, Japan, Venezuela, Mexico, USA and many more countries. We also had the opportunity to get a collaboration with Johan Gabrielson, a former Lifelover Member, although for various reasons, this collaboration has been postponed. Detractors of our idea and sound have always been and always will be, we are not interested in what people think, for us all can go to hell, whoever likes our noise will always have a place in our hearts and in our lives We owe them our success and whoever doesn't like it can suck our dick. And to all the trve blackers who read this interview and are bothered by our Dadaism and our way of thinking, who are going to lick their mother's tits, we are not interested in their problems.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the futre?
On tours or in a grave, if the alcohol doesn't kill us, we kill ourselves, the only thing we stay alive for is this group crap. We love our fans and our music, we have many plans and to tell them where we are in the future would be to tell them the story, we prefer that they take the surprise, although as a small exclusive for this interview, we are preparing a tour between towns in the Yucatan peninsula If all goes well, we will soon be offering you our music at their closest seedy bars.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had a n influence on the music of 'Chorizo Con Papa'?
Saying bands would make this interview too long, but of genres, there is a huge malagama of them. Mainly we have been influenced by Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Nu Metal, Latin rhythms, Hip Hop, Grunge, Psychedelic Music, Surf Rock, Post-Punk, Hardcore and Funk, this is why we do not define ourselves exactly as Dry "Black Metal". Each member in their inception brought a genre to the group, Exodar liked Atmospheric Black Metal, Surf Rock and Punk Tlato, Toro (our ex-drummer who is still in rehabilitation) Thrash Metal and Post-Hardcore and I the Depressive Suicidal Black Metal and Grunge, resulting in the spawn we see today

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you all for your support and to your magazine for the interview. ¡Long live Kitsch Metal! Y que chingue su madre el Ámerica.

https://www.facebook.com/chorizoconpapamx

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Lord Orots/Conquering The Infinite Void/Onism Productions/2020 CD Review


 
  Lord  Orots  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Conquering  The  Infinite  Void"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Onism  Productions.

 Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  demonic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  Lord  Orots  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  fantasy.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Orots  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Abyss"  and  "The  Lord  Rises  From  His  Throne"  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/lordorots

https://youtu.be/W1gC6I7U1fM

     

Malus Votum/Tradition/Lunar Apparitions/2020 CD Review


  Malus  Votum  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tradition"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Lunar  Apparitions.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughput  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  ritualistic  vibe  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean playing,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  ar e utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malus  Votum  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Feast  on  The  Mountain"  and  "Wolf  Age".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/izF6KCMPoPs

    

Prosanctus Inferni/Hypnotic Blood Art/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Review


  Prosanctus  Inferni  are  a  band  from  Columbus,  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Hypnotic  Blood  Art"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  yet  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  riffing  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  mid  80's  to  early 90's  death  metal  elements  along  with  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  emtal.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  make  an  old  school  style  sound  more  modern  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Medieval  and  Renaissance  conceptions  of  Hell  and  Damnation.

  In  my  opinion  Procsanctus  Inferni  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Dark  Scarp  Of  Hell"  "Hypnotic  Blood  Art"  "Void  Called  As  Black  Bonds"  and  "The  Fearful  Pit". 8 out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/hypnotic-blood-art          

Thy Funeral/The End Of Life/Total Dakness Propaganda/Subterranean Aftersounds/2020 CD Re_Issue Review


  Thy  Funeral  where  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  played  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  for  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2011  album  "The  End  Of  Life"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  as  a  joint  effort  between  Total  Darkness  Propaganda  and  Subterranean  Aftersounds.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  vocals  are  mostly  grim sounding  black  metal screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  incorporating  more  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  return  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Funeral  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Revelation  Of  Abhorrence"  and  "Winer  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thy_Funeral/ 

  

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Vokodlok/Oracle's Fury/2020 EP Review


  Vokodlok  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Oracle's  Fury".

A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  aldo  be  heard,

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  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  the  vocals  also  changing  the  approach  to  black  metal  screams  at  times.

  Classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  are  also  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Dies  Irae's  "I  Build  The  Symmetry  Of  Chaos"  which  also  adds  in  some  death  metal  growls.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  bu  Ancient  Greek  Philosophy  and  Human  Feelings.

  In  my  opinion  Vokodlok  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Myths"  and  "The  Weak".  8  out  of  10,

https://vokodlok.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VokodlokOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2s694nEY5hoFYo0YB5hDjA
https://www.discogs.com/artist/1433015-Vokodlok

  

Temple Nightside/Pillars Of Damnation/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 CD Review


  Australia's  Temple  Nightside   have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  the  occult  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Pillars  Of  Damnation"  which  will b e  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  melodic sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  slow  doom  metal  style  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  also  get  chaotic sounding  at  times.

  Bestial  and  cavernous  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  whispered  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  capture  the  dark  tone  of  90's  era  black,  death  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromancy,  Mysticism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Temple  Nightside  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  occult  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Contagion  Of  Heresy"  "The  Carrion  Veil"  and  "Damnation".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/temple-nightside-death-eucharist

       

Grim Tormentor Interview

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



'Grim Tormentor' started back in 2017, but I didn’t really get the project going until 2018.  I tried to turn the project into a band, but that didn’t work out, so I decided to focus on doing this solo and I haven’t looked back since.   





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



With the ‘Living Death’ demo I was going for a more Depressive and Atmospheric BM kind of sound, however with the ‘Lizard’ EP I wanted a more riffy and varied sound.  The ‘Inferno’ EP is more or less the same thing just with some better production values. 



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



Cosmic Horror



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



I named the project after the Conan song of the same name, as I thought it would make a great band name.





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



It’s just one of my sketches.  I never have a particular goal in mind with them, I just start with some random shapes until eventually it turns into something, anyway I thought that one would work well as a front cover and it looked like some sort of inferno, so that’s how the EP ended up with that name.





6.Originally you planned on playing more of a raw and old school black metal style, what was the

decision behind going into more of a mixture of black and doom metal?



Doom Metal was one of my first musical obsessions, and I always liked writing songs with a lot of tempo changes, so it was a very natural process for me, with this project I just took it to the extreme.   



7.You once attempted a line up with this project before returning back to being solo, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?



Maybe, but not with this project, as I don’t see it working in a live setting.





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



It’s been small, but overall positive.





9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



Just progressively getting better at what I’m doing. I am now working on the 2nd album for my other project ‘Benighted Illusion’, and then I intend to record the 3rd ‘Grim Tormentor’ EP, which is already written.



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



My biggest influences are Necromantia, Mutiilation, Mortuary Drape, Reverend Bizarre, Darkthrone, Bathory, Leviathan, Xasthur, Saint Vitus, Deathspell Omega, Bethlehem, Voivod, Grief, Celtic Frost, Teitanblood, Blut Aus Nord and many other metal bands, these are just the ones I can list off the top of my head.   I also take a lot of influence from Progressive Rock, Krautrock, Post Punk and Space Rock, but I have to say with this project I am influenced by everything I hear, even things I don’t like.  I’ve been listening to a lot more electronic music than I usually do, but I gotta be honest, I don’t really pay attention to what I listen to, I just always have something on in the background.



11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?



It does somewhat, a lot less now than when I started though, these days I don’t really seek out such things for inspiration as everything is internalised at this point.







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



Thank you for the interview.

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