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Monday, October 26, 2020

Hovert/Omyt/TalHeim Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Hovert  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Omyt"  which  will  be  released  on  October  31st  by  Talheim  Records.


  Acoustic  guitars  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  depressive  musical  direction  along  with  some  elements  of  post  rock  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  suicidal  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  a  couple  of  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction,  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  towards  the  end.


  On  this  recording  Hovert  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  despair  and  loneliness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hovert  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antinatalism  I"  and  "Omyt  I".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://hovert.bandcamp.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWSGNlCP9RXAY8szjRMWq7Q


       

Voluptas Interview

 


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



Michal: There have been plans for a couple of gigs which have been unfortunately cancelled because of the covid situation. We just had a chance to play at Soulbönding Trip festival which took place inside an old church in the middle of the forest in the north of the Czech Republic. This was so far the only concert we played after Towards the Great White Nothing release. And since the forecast for next months isn’t too positive, we are focusing on composition of new material. Some songs are already completed and we even played one at Soulbönding trip which can be heard on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Y_b2ip2E5i8 



2.In September you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2016?



Michal: We can say it is a more consistent and more black metal-focused record. Our debut Ved Rums Ende was composed a long time ago partly by various ex-members. Towards the Great White Nothing was written and recorded in the current lineup. It can be considered more “serious”, since VRE was basically an end point of our punk period. 



Martin: That EP is more our dealing with the past than anything else. Hence even the title: we chose the name “Ved Rums Ende” which was both our tribute to avantgarde black titans Ved Buens Ende, and the statement of the band - Ved Buens Ende means “at the end of the rainbow” so Ved Rums Ende is “at the end of the rum”, meaning the end of our punk and rum-infused youth. The new album is different. We still managed to be quite eclectic, but it is more coherent and put together - we were actually pretty sure what we wanted to do with both composition and sound. This album is definitely more black metal and even the sound is more harsh and dare I say more brutal - kudos to the mad Swede Anders Axelsson from Dodsmord Studio who helped us greatly with it.



3.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until 2016 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on in the earlier years?



Michal: There have been many lineup changes (the only remaining member from the original lineup is Štěpán) and the band was also inactive quite often. Some years it was quite common to have more than 6 month-long breaks. This is the main reason why our first record came after 10 years. The music was also very different back then and before the band evolved from alternative rock/punk and darker hardcore to black metal, it took some time. The first black and doom metal elements started to appear in Voluptas’ music when guitarist Martin joined the band in 2010.



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



Martin: Lyrics are, at least for me, a place where I am left to do what I want to. We discuss music a lot, but lyrical topics depend, at least until now, pretty much on the one person who writes them. Gnosis and Agony was written by Jan and I wouldn’t dare to speak about it, so my answer applies to the rest. They tend to be quite introspective. Topics are always somehow stylized and dressed in images I deem interesting. So for example Between Terror and Erebus is, at its core, a call for help from a person who is on a verge of breakdown, but it uses the image of Franklin’s lost expedition to convey what I wanted to tell, all in a regular romantic fashion of describing the scenery that corresponds with the state of mind. But I concur with David Lynch on his take on the meaning of art - it should be left solely on the recipient to interpret what it means, so I am a bit reluctant to give away the key… and I have perhaps already said more than I wanted to :)



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



Štěpán: Voluptas was the daughter of Eros and Psyche and the word in Latin stands for (and, in Roman mythology, personifies) pleasure, delight, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Just a few months after the band was founded (spring 2006, or thereabouts) we had a confirmed gig, so we needed a name quickly and no one had any relevant ideas. At that time I was studying for my Latin exam and I liked how the word Voluptas looked and sounded. Also the meaning seemed ok to us – we played something like crossover/alternative rock/punk at that time. In retrospect, I’m not sure if we would choose this name again, but it’s just something that stuck with us. Our lyrics are often inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, so there is also some connection. And after all, music is still a pleasure for us.



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



Štěpán The author of the cover is Kristýna Vašíčková and it's (more or less) her free interpretation of the album title. It's a phrase of text from Between Terror and Erebus (see above) and it can be interpreted also as nothingness, death or absurd(ness).



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



Štěpán: We enjoyed a lot sharing the stage with bands like Alkerdeel, Cough, Sedna (in Pilsen) and most of the concerts we played outside of Prague, especially the gig in Chropyně, and some extraordinary venues like old missile facility in Bratronice and (ex-)church Soulkostel in Vernéřovice. Our best gigs in Prague were always in Modrá Vopice (because of the sound) I would say.




8.According to the facebook page you have an event planned for November, how does this work during the pandemic?



Michal: Well, as mentioned above, because of the covid lockdown in the Czech Republic, closure of all music venues etc., there is almost no way the release party could happen on 5th November. But we plan to reschedule it, ideally with all the originally invited bands, for some future date. But since the situation is currently only getting worse and no one knows whether it will be possible to play gigs in one, two or even more months it will probably not happen someday soon. 



9.The new album came out on 'MetalGate', how did you get in contact with this label?



Michal: After Ved Rums Ende release, MetalGate contacted us and invited us to play at MetalGate Czech Death festival. This was our first contact with the label and since they are currently one of the largest labels focused on metal music in the Czech Republic, it was reasonable to cooperate with them in the future. We sent them our new record, they liked it, and that's it. And since the support Metalgate provide to bands is great, we’re glad for our cooperation.



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



Michal: So far we must say very positive. There are a couple of reviews on Metal-Archives, we have one review from Belgium and of course now on Occult Black Metal Zine. And if we put aside the numerical rating which is not always very relevant, the reactions itself usually praise interesting fusion of old school black metal with uncommon (sometimes described as avant-garde or experimental) riffs or approach to metal music. Since this basically describes also our own feeling of our music, we’re happy to see some symbiosis between ourselves and the listener. We of course cannot be considered as a world-known band, so we appreciate any feedback and review which could help our music to reach out to more relevant music fans. 



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



Michal: As for me, I was dragged into one alternative death/grind band called Brauncholda to record vocals. The record is now in production and will be probably released at the end of this or the beginning of next year. No rehearsals at this moment as the other guys are not composing any new music now and there are no gigs planned. But with another bunch of dudes we started a new death/doom project (so far with a secret name) and I hope there will be at least some demo recordings available soon. Nothing experimental, actually a very old-school rotten thing. But let’s see how things end up.



Martin: I play in one other metal band, Adonis DNA. This band has a similar story to Voluptas in the past, we are sometimes on hold and we sometimes play gigs. Our first album is already recorded for years, but it hasn’t been released yet and we honestly don’t know when we release it… or if ever. But I (and Jan who is in this band with me) hope we will come out from our hibernation, because our music with this band conveys a different (and more personal) spectrum and it would be a shame to lose it.



Jan: Apart from Adonis DNA, with whom we have quite a few great tracks that we don’t seem to be able to complete and release for some reason, I also play in a psychedelic band Olaf Olafsonn and the Big Bad Trip. Earlier this year we also released a new album (Temple of Serenity) and otherwise are quite active, except for these pandemic times, of course.



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



Michal: We will probably continue with a similar way we started on Towards the Great White Nothing. So mainly black/doom metal with elements from other genres. The new compositions are not diametrically different from TtGWN songs. There are some melodic riffs, dissonant ones, rock parts and we will most likely involve even some non-metal instruments and make it weird somehow. On the other hand, it is still metal, not absolutely insane avant-garde.



Martin: We have already taken a more systematic approach towards composing and we want to continue with that. I would also love to engage more instruments, namely saxophone (again, but more!), clarinet or other woodwinds and synths. 



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



Voluptas: Our newer music is mainly inspired by older Dødheimsgard, older Ulver, Virus, Ved Buens Ende, older Negură Bunget.



Štěpán: Latest records from Neptunian Maximalism, Lychgate, Kaboom Karavan, Onirik, Imperial Triumphant, Ing. Kralik, some modern / contemporary classical (Georg F. Haas, Cenk Ürgun & JACK Quartet, Susan Alcorn / Janel Leppin), avant / free jazz from 60´s / 70´s (Davis, Coltrane, Sun Ra) and 90´s Jan Garbarek.



Michal: As I’m mainly into black and death metal bands, I can say the records I am listening this year the most are for example: Cénotaphe, Jordablod, Biesy, Phaleg, Ulcerate, Oranssi Pazuzu or Somniate. Outside of black metal I can mention mainly new Adaestuo (even though the black metal essence is clearly present) or Thy Catafalque. And yes, Ing. Kralik mentioned by Štěpán is also absolutely awesome!



Martin: I like a lot of artists Štěpán and Michal mentioned, special shout out to the new Imperial Triumphant record, which is a record of the year for me so far. I think my inspiration is rooted in the stuff I listened to when I was a teenager, when I was especially inspired by the way how certain people (Czral, Vicotnik, von Jakhelln, Ihsahn, Snorre Ruch and others) changed the direction of this kind of music.



Jan: Apart from black metal, I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to RIO and avant-prog bands such as National Health, Nebelnest, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Magma etc. And it’s surely influenced my how I “do” music – not necessarily in terms of style but rather in terms of conveying atmosphere, emotions and whatnot. I’m mentioning it since it may not be that obvious from my guitarwork in Voluptas, but it’s there somewhere, I’m sure. I am also a renowned fan of the Czech musician Necrocock, whom I deeply admire for his unique, perfectly authentic and brilliantly fetishistic take on atmospheric music.



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



Voluptas: Thanks for being interested in Voluptas, we appreciate it! In case you are curious about what’s new with Voluptas, feel free to follow us at our bandcamp or facebook profiles – we hope to release some new music soon and once (if) this madness is ever over, there should also be a chance to see us live someday.


http://voluptas.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/VoIuptas/ 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Peste Umbrarum/Night Canticles Of The Ancient Ana'themae/Astral Nightmare Productions/2020 CD Review

 


  Peste  Umbrarum  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  satanic  and  vanpyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Night  Canticles  Of  The  Ancient  Ana'themae"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  by  Astral  Nightmare  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  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  while the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Spoken  word parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  synths  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  that  are  added  in  the  background  on  a  few  songs  as  well  as  another  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampyrism,  Occultism,  Gothic/Horror  Literature,  Hatred,  macabre  and  Death  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Peste  Umbrarum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  vampyric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Vile  Tempests  Convoke(I  Am  Borne)"  and  "Blood...Devouring  Embrace".  8  out  of  10.


https://pesteumbrarum.bandcamp.com/track/where-vile-tempests-convoke-i-am-borne-2           


  

Nattblod/Self Titled/2020 EP Review

 


  Nattblod  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  ep.


  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  very  ritualistic  sounding  outro.


  Nattblod  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  classic  Swedish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nattblod  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Agony".  8  out  of  10.


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Prometeus/Le Manni della Follia/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Prometeus  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Le  Manni  della  Follia".


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  mixing  in  some  avant  garde  elements.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  70's  era  psychedelic  rock  style  synths  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  being  another  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  poetic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prometeus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Seme  del  Male"  and  "Estrema  Caduta".  8  out  of  10.


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The Kingdom Of Peace/Collective Of Nihilism/Depressive Illusions Records/Ancient Entity Records/2020 Full Length Review

 


  The  Kingdom  Of  Peace  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Collective  Of  Nihilism"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Depressive  Illusions  and  Ancient  Entity  Records.


  Background  voices  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  air  raid  sirens,  elements  of  punk  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  a  later  song  also  introduces  keyboards  and  whispered  vocals  onto  the  album  and  a  later  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  nihilism,  social  problems  and  pathology  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Kingdom  Of  Peace  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hatred  And  Knowledge"  "Consequences  Of  Lies"  and  "Hope=Drone".  8  out  of  10.


https://thekingdomofpeace.bandcamp.com/album/collective-of-nihilism


Varde/Fedraminne/Nordvis Produktion/2020 CD Review

 


  Varde  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Fedraminne"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nordvis  Produktion.


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  the  clean  vocals  also  add  elements  of  neo-folk  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  grim  black  metal  screams  also  taking  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  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  Norwegian  black  metal  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  and  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  also  start  getting  deeper  sounding  and  a  later  song  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  saxophones  and  electronic  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Folklore  and  National  Romanticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Varde  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halvdan  Svarte"  "Fedraminne"  and  "Koll  med  Bilen  del  I".  8  out  of  10.


Web: https://nordvis.com/en/varde-a-39
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vardeband

Bandcamp: http://vardeband.bandcamp.com    

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Rage Of Devils/Karnstein/Everson Poe/Wyeth/A A Plague Upon Four Houses/ The Forest At Night/4 Way Split Album Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  album  between  Rage  Of  Devils,  Everson  Poe,  Wyeth  and  the  united  Kingdom's  Karnstein  called  "A  Plague  Upon  Four  Houses"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  The  Forest  At  Night  and  we  will  starts  off  the  review  with  Rage  Of  Devils  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  black'n'roll.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  night  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  All  of  the  drums  are  done  on  a  real  kit  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Elements  of  traditional  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  and  the  lyrics  cover  the  wrath  of  the  devil.


  In  my  opinion  Rage  Of  Devils  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  black'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Cage  of  Bone"  and  "Misty  Hills".


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Rage_of_Devils/3540471246


  Next  up  is  Karnstein  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  goth  and  doom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  night  sounds  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  symphonic  and  gothic  feeling  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  90's  influences,  one  of  the  songs  is  also  an  instrumental  and  guttural  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  gothic  horror  and  vampirism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Karnstein  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  goth  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vampire's  Pain"and  "Dance  With  Death".


  Next  up  is  Everson  Poe  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  tortured  sounding  spoken  words  parts  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Elements of  sludge  and   doom metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  the  deep  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.


  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  vocals  also  add  in  a  semi  clean  style  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  whispers,  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  gender  identity  and  mental  health  issues.


  In  my  opinion  Everson  Poe  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Temple  Of  The  Black  Egg".


https://www.facebook.com/eversonpoe/


  Closing  the  split  is  Wyeth  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  American  with  some  touches  of  free  jazz  and  soul.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  nature  sounds  and  field  recordings  while  the  folk  instruments  also  add  in  elements  of  American  music.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  soundscapes  and  synths  which  also  adds  in  a  blackened  touch. 


  Vocals are  done  in  a  very  rough  yet  semi  clean  blues  rock  style  before  adding  in  some  grim  screams  along  with  some  electric  guitars  also  being  used  briefly. The  songs  also  mix  in  some  experimental,  avant  garde,  free  jazz  and  soul  music  elements  and  harmonicas  can  also  be  heard  on  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  thoughts  of  an  aging  soul  in  the  back  country.


   In  my  opinion  Wyeth  are  a  very  great sounding  blackened  Americana  solo project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cornfield".




  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  that  are  into  the  more  diverse  sides  of  the  genre.  8  out  of  10.     

        

Friday, October 23, 2020

Vrak/Self Titled/2020 Demo Review

 


  Vrak  are  a  solo project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  demo.


  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of 90's  and  early  2000's  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  primitive  musical  direction.


  Vrak  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive  and  primitive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vrak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unclean  Spirits". 8out  of  10.


https://vrakswe.bandcamp.com       

Lucifer's Dungeon/Music Of Lost Spirits, Pt. II/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Russia's  Lucifer  Dungeon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Music  Of  Lost  Spirits,  Pt.  II".


  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound starts  off  the  album  before  going  into a   heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  the  music  is  also  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  era.   


  One  this  recording  Lucifer's  Dungeon  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path.  Anti  Dogma,  Nihilism  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lucifer's  Dungeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  War"  "Lucifer's  Dungeon"  "Misanthropy"  and  "The  Last  Lost  Spirit".  8  out  of  10.




Kolotun Interview

 


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

 The band was formed 17 years ago. At first we played punk rock, but in the end it all grew into black metal and that's where our journey began. Which continues to this day. 


2.In March you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Everything became radically different because we treated the new record more professionally. Previously, we didn't have the opportunity to use good instruments, we played on homemade distortion pedals and half-drilled cymbals. In between while the band was split-up for these years band members has gone through various other musical styles from death metal to modern metalcore so this also helped to gain more skills and get focused critical view on material we produce nowadays. In comparison with 2002 release Feast At The Time Of Plague new material is more professional, diverse  and conceptual 


3.The band was broken up for 18 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

We dispersed due to the fact that our band  leader, the Thrasher, became heavily addicted to psychotropic substances and could not continue to create, the drugs completely absorbed him. After 18 years, we just decided to continue our journey but without him.  A lot of material has appeared during this time and it is necessary to implement it into new songs 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


 Within our lyrics  the main concept is  trying to touch upon the psychological essence of a person, his fears, madness, attitude to the given world, the process of survival and relationship between man and the nature. In composing music, we try to pay attention to every note, every moment, make it as simple as possible from the heart so that the listener can understand it 

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

 We took this word from the Russian language. Kolotun translated to English  means severe freeze, very cold weather . So it stands as a sign of human helpless state in front of force of nature and universe.


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

The artwork is created by ourselves and it shows roots wrapping up of each other , meaning no one's deeds can be kept in secret and in result of that no one would reign forever , everything an everyone  is going through eternal circle of events. 


7.On both album covers you also had some runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this alphabet?

We really like using runes in our art because they look cool. But you have to be very careful with the runes, because each rune has its own meaning and when they are combined they give more strength or weakness. Though, for  further release we have switched to handmade logo because almost every black metal band uses runic fonts .


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

At the beginning of history we gave a lot of local gigs . At the moment there will be the first concert with the new line-up, which we are looking forward to.When it will be available again , though    


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

Kolotun is currently unsigned and promotes as DIY band. But we slowly look into label to have some physical releases to be pressed.






 


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

We have several profiles on social networks and the most interesting statistic is that many people listen to us in Usa Uk and even in Japan. This is wildly cool. We are working to capture a larger audience. Every fan of our music is important to us 


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

We are currently working on set of conceptual singles to be released. Then some  full-length album on the go






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?

If said on black metal the biggest impression was made on us, of course, by Burzum, Darkthrone and all those old school black metal acts. Though, we are not into political aspects of some of those bands and not supporting hate propaganda or anything similar promoted by some of them . Just listening to music and atmosphere and get the vibe. We have different musical tastes in the band, from pop music to black metal.







 


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

These are difficult times for all of us in this world. Appreciate your life and the lives of your loved ones help each other only in this way we will all overcome this difficult stage together

 



Thursday, October 22, 2020

Genfaerd Interview

 


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


T.:

Danish fucking black metal! We are 3 guys now 4 with a new bass player coming. 

We are completely on the same side when it comes to music and the way we want the music to go.

Genfærd started out as a project which sprung out of Sort Regn. The plan was for it to be a solo or at least a 2 man band. 

But for the better it was decided to make it a full band. We aim for some raw black metal and that's where J, is a expert.

Other than that, catch us live sometimes that is where our music shines.

 


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


T.:

First of all the mix is better, thanks to our former bassist and mixing guru, S., But it shows evolvement. Evolvement in music and ferocity in every aspect.

Its more raw still has melodies like the first release but its overall more raw and punked. 

This is the first release J., is in on. He is the perfect counterpart to how I write music and that's heard on the album.


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


T:

Personal destruction, depression, the struggle of life as you well know. Also a shift in the lineup, all sort of shit.

But the important thing is now we are back, a full crew with fire and anger in our hearts. 

So I promise there wont be another 5 year before the next release. 


J.: 

It was a couple of hard years before we managed a release. Murphy's law in effect; Broken bones, broken minds, moving rehearsal rooms 2-3 times, our private lives turning to shit in succession... Very chaotic. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


J. 

Blodhævn is overall a vehicle for a lot of pent-up anger, disappointment and feeling of betrayal I've felt prior to writing lyrics. It allowed me to channel those feelings, and turn it into something more constructive, if perhaps incoherent; A collection of stories about revenge, betrayal, warnings and upheaval. 


T.:

Songwriting changes with who you are writing with. 

But make up some riffs or a song and bring it to the rehearsal room and then we mix it together with each others riffs and perfect it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Genfærd"?


T.:

Its the Danish word for a spirit, or an apparition. 


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


J.:

We got in contact with Maxime Taccardi. We were all really fascinated with his works, and especially him painting with his own blood. We saw it would bring an eye catching element to "Blodhævn", and he got to work. We are very impressed with how his artwork turned out, and how it fits with our own logo on the cover.


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


T.:

Every show is the best at least that is what we strife for.

There is a lot of memorable shows with Genfærd playing live with Genfærd is different from other bands I've played in.

But the first show we played at Beta with Solbrud was the beginning of something extreme. So that of cause stand out for me.

Our show is ever evolving. We always strife for the best show, its extreme, fast and in your face.

We are a live band more than a album band.


J.:

For me my favorite show was the one we did in Pumpehuset in May 2018. That tightpacked audience going crazy and chanting us on was really something else, a rare sight in Denmark where most audiences can be a bit indifferent. Hopefully we'll get a new perspective once Covid dies down, and people discover what they've missed.


8.Recently 'Nebula Aeterna Productions' released your current album on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


J.:

I hooked them up after I saw they liked my other project, Ildskær, and asked if they would be interested in publishing Genfærd. Fortunately they were and we've had a good relationship.


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


T.:

Overwhelming good actually. People seems to like it.


J.: 

I agree. People seems to come for the artwork and stay for the music, which is only good.


10.What is going on with 'Sort Regn' these days?


T.:

At the moment nothing is happening. We still talk once in a while. But musically nothing.

We have talked about making a reunion sometime. But if its going to happen or when or where I do not know.


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


T.:

Faster, more raw, more black. We will stay in the past because that is what we like.

So if you do not like old school black metal the chances are your music is not for you.


J.:

Yeah, we are currently brewing on some really nasty sounding music, more unhinged and experimenting, yet still as hard hitting and cathartic as Blodhævn.


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?


T.:

Influences. Every sound can be a inspiration. The flow of the river, the wind... When the creative moment hits you, it can be inspired by anything.

I personally like the 90's wave of black metal so that is usually what I listen to.

But more recently I have listened a lot to Sinmara, Odraza, Funeral Mist and Svartidaudi.


J.:

I listen to a broad spectrum of music, from Jazz and funk to classical, ambient and neofolk, and of course, metal. Concerning Black metal, anything Polish, French or Icelandic from the last 5-10 years is sure to be on rotation here, and beyond those, I listen to a lot of Agalloch, Ulver, The Ruins of Beverast, Leviathan, Tchornobog and Slidhr


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


Both:

Stay tuned, we are already working on the next piece of music. 

Thanks for all the support! Thanks for helping us out with buying merch in this tough time.

Hopefully see you on the other side. 


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Dodenkrocht/The Dying All/Auric Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Dodenkrocht  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dying  All"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Auric  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes,  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  programmed  beats  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dodenkroacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Never  Spoke"  "The  Dying  All"  and  "For  His  Name  Was  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/Spn0WAH6hq4      

Sarvekas Interview

 


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




We are a two-man Black Metal band from Southern Finland (Salo/Sauvo) formed in 2018. We met via a friend and J.L had some ideas ready, so he asked me if I want to play with him. I said yes really quickly after I heard what kind of black metal he had been composing and now it seems that we have a path to walk together in our lives.




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




The style of black metal we play is melodic and epic, yet crushing and unforgiving. The songs are pretty straight-forward, but we wanted it to have an atmosphere that ranges from harsh, dark, and desolate feelings to moments of pure fury. I think we succeeded pretty well in this.




3.A lot of your lyrics cover Heathenry and Scandinavian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?




Overall we draw power and visions from ancient northern beliefs and nature. We are both very interested in these topics and our ancestors lived all around Scandinavia, so we feel that these tales and beliefs belong to us and is our heritage. The way our ancestors handled spirits, gods, and life itself is pure, beautiful, and still dark and thus it is venerable at least for us. 




4.Your lyrics also cover a 'devotion to the dark, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?




Well, we also use satanic themes in our lyrics so on that behalf it’s kind of obvious. We’ve always been fascinated by the presence of darkness. The sinister mysteries that can be felt in the right state of mind and place. It is a universal power that can be used for healing or destroying. So we’ve devoted ourselves to do this art which evolves in the dark corners of our minds.




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




Sarvekas is Finnish and means the one with horns and to us the horned one. We do not see Satan as a personified being, but as a force that dwells in us, the primal beast, the destructive powers of nature, and also as a symbol of pureness and of course rebellion. 




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




The front cover has been painted by a Macedonian artist Kristina Pavleska and the rest of the covers were made by Babalon Graphics from Finland. We sent her the music and gave her basically freedom to paint what she wanted and how she experienced our music. As per her saying, while the painting was still in the making, she opted in for a minimalistic way in order to represent the ideology behind this project instead of doing the usual landscapes and forests seen in most cases. Taking a few key moments in the story as one can notice. A partial human form ending with an exposed ribcage representing punishment. Red representing fire and blood as a form of that never-ending cycle of rebirth and war while the scorched souls cry out in an apocalyptic vision surrounding the human figure. Ending with the sword representing the deity of Surtr, piercing through the spine.




7.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?




We came to the conclusion that we will remain as a duo since the compromises are easier that way. We both have our own jobs in this project and it has been clear since the beginning. I write the lyrics and play drums and J.L is composing the music. We still have a line-up ready for the gigs. So as soon as this pandemic is over, we will be able to storm the venues.




8.The EP is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', how did you get in contact with this label?




We sent a digital promo package including promo pics, bio, and one song to labels, and Soulseller Records was one of those who contacted us and in the end, it seemed the best label for us. We’re glad and thankful for this opportunity.




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




Well, the first single got a pretty good amount of views on Black Metal Promotion’s Youtube channel and the feedback was good. The next single will be released at the start of November so we’ll see what happens next.




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




All we can say is that we are currently forging new songs. It will be revealed once the time is right. On the future direction of our music, we will stay playing black metal that’s for sure.




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?




Well, Black Metal in general, since we’ve both been listening to it for 20 years. I listen to a lot of other styles of music than metal, but usually something melancholic or epic gives the inspiration to do this kind of music we make. Of course, the old classics of black metal still gives inspiration and the state of mind that I seek, so they are played regularly. To mention few black metal artists I’ve been listening to lately are: Paysage D’hiver,  Ifernach, Beketh Nexehmu, Whoredom Rife, and Devouring Star




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




The next single will be officially released on all digital platforms on the 4th of November, but there will be a premiere before that, so keep your eyes peeled on the apocalyptic crimson horizon. 




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Soul Dissolution/Winter Contemplations/Viridian Flame Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Winter  Contemplations"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Viridian  Flame  Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 


  Elements  of  post  rock  are  also  utilized  throughout  the  recording  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  both  of  the  tracks.  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  some  synths  also  being  introduced  on  the  second  song  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  being  used  towards  the  end  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  On  this  recording  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  snowy  landscapes,  raging  blizzards,  regret  and  purgatory  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  the  Clouds  Stand  Still".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/gzJihXD3kTI       


  

The Deviant Interview

 


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


Like with most other bands and musicians the global pandemic has forced us to cancel any plans of playing shows. Fortunately (if that is the correct way to look at it), we only had one show booked before the outbreak, but we probably won’t be able to have a proper release party either. We recorded “Rotting dreams…” as a trio, but we are looking to get a new second guitarist, so some of the time has been spent trying to sort that. Also, we recorded the album before signing to a label, so we spent time negotiating a deal. And of course, we have started thinking about the next album. At this point there is very little written, but because there will not be any shows to play for some time, I think writing is the obvious thing to do as a band now. 


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


I think the new album is a bit more diverse than the previous two albums, as we have some doomy elements on this one, and a touch of industrial as well. I also think there is more old school Death Metal on this one than on the previous album. But I still think it sounds like a natural follow-up to “Lightning Bolts”, and all the elements from the last two albums are still there, and plentiful. It is relentless. 


3.From 2005 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?


After “Ravenous …” was released we did the usual thing, played some shows and started writing new material. Sadly though, it soon became evident that our drummer Blod had to stand down, and the band eventually ended up being just me and Violator. On top of that, our label at the time (Tabu) lost its steam and eventually went out of business, so our contract was obviously not renewed. The band just faded away, as I was also busy with Gehenna for a few years after that. The Deviant was basically on hiatus for most of those years. We restarted the band in 2014 or thereabout, with a new drummer called Bomber (whom had also played with Violator in 122 Stabwounds) and a new guitarist called Ruiner. We set about writing for “Lightning Bolts”, end ended up using most of the material we had worked on prior to the hiatus. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years/


To sum it up short, the lyrics are about the darker sides of existence, the darker sides of humanity. Some of the lyrics have occult themes, and some have themes of war, and some are just about being who we are.  I think as we progress, we try to expand both the musical and lyrical expression, and I personally feel there are more themes I am comfortable writing about today, than there was when I first started in music.  Looking back at all these years (including pre- The Deviant), it is also fairly evident that we have incorporated more elements in the music and that our writing evolves and gets more complex as we get better and learn more just as instrumentalists and writers. I think today we have reached the point where we are comfortable writing both very simple and more complex material, so long as the feel is right. 


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


The name is inspired by the song “Circle of Beliefs” by Slayer. It just had the right feel to it. We know it is not the most original name in the world, and when we first signed with Tabu for “Ravenous…” we did for a very short time consider changing the name to avoid any confusion. In the end, though, we just said Fuck it, and went with our gut feeling. 


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


The theme of the vulture and of carrion is from some of the lyrics on the album. The vulture can be many things, and although I am very in favor of letting people have the pleasure of interpreting art themselves (not just from album covers, but art in general), I think one possible way to interpret the vulture is as a symbol of the opportunist, feeding on the sick and the weak. But there are other possibilities! In the lyrics the vulture is also linked to the warmachine, and inside the album artwork you will also find a link to a more traditional rock/metal use of the vulture. We also wanted it to have a visual link to the previous two albums, in tone and presentation. I do not think we can ever have colors on an album cover, hehe….  We had great help from the designer REH, who also did the artwork on “Lightning Bolts”, in getting our visions and ideas for the artwork to look right. 


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


So far, our shows have been clubs and small festivals, and The Deviant have never played outside of Norway yet. In general, a great show is one where there is a lot of energy both from the band and the crowd. The Inferno festival in 2006, and one of the local shows (Tribute, Sandnes) shortly after the release of “Lightning Bolts” are both fond memories, but most shows have been energetic and good. We do not, at this point at least, have any pyro or effects. It is just us, lights and sound. Stripped to the bone, I guess you could say. Energy and music. 


8.The new album is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Tabu Recordings'?


The business has changed quite a lot in the 15 years between us being signed to Tabu and Soulseller. I think to a certain extent the business was still struggling a bit with the aftermath of the filesharing/nappster-thing in 2005, whereas now labels and the business have at least found some ways of using the new technologies and come to grips with the changes. Back in 2005 it was still mostly about trying to sell cds, whereas now we have several digital solutions, as well as physical (cd and lp).  So, we see that Soulseller have a very different way of working with promotion and digital distribution, stuff that was not necessarily possible or available in 2005. It might be a bit difficult to compare the two because of this, but I will say that I feel Soulseller is A LOT more involved than I think Tabu were. Tabu spent a bit of money making a video and trying to promote the band that way, but it felt a bit like they gave up after that. In the end they gave up the entire label though, so that probably explains quite a bit, hehe…  Tabu gave us a shot, and they tried to make things work for a while, so I will salute them for that. My main thorn in that side now is that Tabu sold their catalog, and today we do not have any control over the “Ravenous…” album or any contact with the label who owns it. 


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


Mostly it has been good. Some will of course compare it to bands and music we have been involved in prior to The Deviant, which is understandable: But I am pleased to say that for the most part people judge it as its own thing. I also get the impression that we appeal to people from both the Black Metal and the Death Metal parts of the audience. There will always be a few who do not like it, for whatever reason, but that is fine. We all have different tastes and preferences in music. We do not have a very mainstream appeal of course, most nobody in this genre does, and we do not aim to be rock stars, haha, so as long as we can reach out to as many as possible within the limitations of the genre, we are very pleased. 


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


I do not think there will be a major leap from this album to the next. Just enough of a development to make it stand on its own, and not be a “part II” of any of our previous releases. As of writing we are very early in the process, so I cant really say anything for sure, but we are very pleased with where we are at musically, and I do not think we want to stray to far off the path. That being said, we are not afraid of experimenting a bit, so long as the core identity of our music is still there. 


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?


Right now I am listening to the new Isengard album, “Vårjevndøgn”. A bit of a mixed bag I think, but mostly enjoyable. Anyway, I tend to listen to the same bands I listened to years ago, and I confess I am not very good at checking out new bands and artists (although it does happen). I think you can hear on “Rotting Dreams….” that we have been listening to a bit of late 8os and early 90s Death Metal lately. As well as Bathory, which have been a major influence always. I am also very into regular/classic (whatever you want to call it) heavy metal, and bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Kiss and many more have been a part of my musical diet since I was a kid really. And early thrash bands like Slayer, Megadeth, first few Metallica. And Possessed was also a big thing early on. 


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


Yeah, I feel like I am promoting two albums at the same time, both “Rotting Dreams of Carrion” and “Lightning Bolts”. We released “Lightning…” ourselves, and did a very poor job at promoting it, so it mostly went under the radar. “Rotting Dreams… is still a few weeks away from release, so people interested in the band should check out “Lightning Bolts” while waiting for the new album. Thanks for the support and interest, keep it burning!!! Dolgar


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