Sunday, May 19, 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deorc Absis Interview

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



Thank you for the support!
Deorc Absis

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Nihtwintre Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support underground music.

No Point In Living Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isfet Interview


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

L/J/R – Isfet.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Umbra Interview

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

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

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

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

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

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.There are no live shows

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

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

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

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

10.There is only Umbra

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

10.There is only Umbra

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12.Burzum, Hellhammer, mayhem, hellveto(now neoheresy) Bathory, infester, (early) Cryptopsy are at the front, and many non metal artist.

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

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

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