Monday, November 29, 2021

Geatkihaukr/Self Titled/2021 Demo Review

 


  Geatkihaukr  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2021  demo.


 A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  early  20th  style  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Geatkihaukr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  early  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  runes,  war,  violence,  death,  nature,  hate,  love,  Satanism  and  Ancestry  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Geatkihaukr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Susirajan  Takaa"  and  "Kaamoksen  Kutus".  8  out  of  10.


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Sukkhu/Labyrinths/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Sukkhu  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Labyrinths"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a   very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  chants  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  ritualistic  interlude  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to a  heavier  direction  and  clean vocals,  whispers,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  then  end.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sukkhu  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditionally  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Labyrinth  Of  Fog"  "Purify  By  Fire"  "Invocation"  and  "Aurora  Ultima".  8  out  of  10.


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SWeKM4qbzs

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Cruciatus Infernalis Interview

 

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

Cruciatus Infernalis came to life in 2019. Musically I see it in the raw Black Death Metal genre, the whole refined with dungeon synth and melodic keyboard parts. The whole provided with a good portion of the 90s.

2.So far this year you have released an 2 ep's, musically hoe do they both different from each other?

On "Ritual" the Death Metal elements are even less represented. That grew with the time. I think to have found the right mixture on "Untot".

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

"Ritual" and "Untot" tell a story about a supernatural entity that comes to life on "Ritual". On "Untot" it wins the battle against humanity, or does it? It should be mentioned only so much, "Ritual" and "Untot" are the first two parts of a trilogy, which will be finished at the end of 2022.So you can be curious.

4.In the logo you also have a goat with a satanic symbol on top of it, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

I am a huge fan of old horror movies and horror literature. In a classic horror movie from the 70s, a goat's head was drawn on a wall with just that Leviathan cross. It looked so cool that I knew I wanted that in the logo.

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

Cruciatus Infernalis freely translated from Latin means agonies of hell. The inspiration for this is provided by Dante's 9 Circles of Hell.

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

As already mentioned, a supernatural entity fights against humanity. After you cannot manage such a project alone, you need soldiers. Who would offer themselves better than goat-zombies. One of the comrades can be seen on the cover, on his way to work, if you will.

7.On the first ep the band was a duo and with the release of the ep you are now a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work alone?

To be honest, I prefer to work alone because I can go according to my own confused plan. It was clear from the beginning that Cruciatus Infernalis will be a solo project. Maybe there will be a live line-up someday, but that is far down on the to do list.

8.The new release is coming out 'Kvlt und Kaos Productions, how did you get in contact with this label?

The question is quickly answered. I am the owner of Kvlt and Kaos Productions.

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

So far, the reactions have been consistently positive. I am grateful and pleased that my music is well received.

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

The last part of the trilogy is still missing. After that, there will also be a special edition in collaboration with an Austrian horror writer. But there may not yet be talked about much.The next release, after "Untot", is a split album with Krod from Chile (also with Kvlt and Kaos Productions). The release will be on 08.04.2022. The right music for the Easter Mass.

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?

Sources of inspiration for me are Darkthrone, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Emperor, Impaled Nazarene - the classics for someone who saw the light of day in the early 80s. Currently spinning on my turntable are Archgoat, Karg, Krod, Grotesque Ceremonium, Demonologist, Minenwerfer and many more.

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

Finally, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview. Of course I hope to have aroused the curiosity of some readers and that one or the other gets lost on Bandcamp and treats himself to a CD or merch. Stay sick and safe at the same time. Hail the Goat.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Wolfbastard/Hammer The Bastards/Clobber Records/Clobber Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Wolfbastard  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat,  crust  punk  and  blackened  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Hammer  The  bastards"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  by  Clobber  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  punk  elements  and  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  also  being  very  modern  sounding  at  the  same  time.  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.


  The  riffs  also  add in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing influences  of  thrash  metal  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Violence  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album f rom  Wolfbastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  d  beats,  crust  punk  and  blackened  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUD E "Can't  Escape  The  Grave"  "Buckfast  Blasphemies"  "Returning  Evil"  and  "Graveyard  Slag".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/NhNcQcwRgBQ

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Conjura/Perpetua Tenebris/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Conjura  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Perpetua  Tenebris".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  one  of  the songs  is  a  keyboard  orientated  instrumental  which  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Conjura  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  Blasphemy,  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Conjura  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Shadow  Of  Hatred"  "Receiving  The  Black  Wings  Embrace"  and  "Duat  Banishment  Ritual".  8  out  of  10.


https://conjura.bandcamp.com/album/perpetua-tenebris   


  

Miazmaty Interview

 

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

1. We are a black metal band from a small town in Poland and 2/3 of us are residing in Kraków now. We play black metal, post-black metal or atmospheric black metal (not good with labels). Our music comes from those depths within, the depths filled with the darkness which most likely stems from fear, anxiety, phobias, doubt, and which is in no small part influenced by the cold and indifferent universe outside. The music is rather supposed to discourage people from pursuing progeniture, but it also aims to make the already (and unfortunately) living ones smile the crooked smile of irony, or even sometimes laugh. Other than that, we love dogs and try to be nice people in our daily lives.



2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

2. Czarcikęs: I, personally, was inspired mostly by avant-garde classical music and avant-garde jazz. During the time of writing these songs I was reading “20th Century Harmony” which is a book about more modern harmonic ideas and a lot of them are quite dissonant, which pairs nicely with the black metal aesthetic. It’s good grounds for harmonic and melodic experimentation. In addition, BM allows for more interesting structures, I was getting bored of the whole verse-chorus thing and tried writing more abstract, less  predictable forms of songs, often quite contrasting – like putting just chords played on bass guitar in the middle of a song for almost a minute.


Sędziwój: I, on the other hand, chose to rely entirely on intuition; I simply wrote the very melodies that came to my head from an unidentified source.


Chors: The guys drove to me in the summer of 2020 to record two singles. We've known each other for quite a long time since we've played together in various bands (Jarmusch, Płomienie). At first, the album was supposed to have a lo-fi sound, but as I was recording more and more tracks I decided to go for a more polished sound. I think it's the first black metal record where you can hear the vocals so well that you can distinguish the words ;). This is mainly because I like the lyrics a lot and it would have been a pity had they not been understood. We recorded the guitars by plugging them straight into the audio interface which enabled me to create the right timbre later by using amp simulation, which was very convenient.


3.The band is also associated with PLBM, can you tell us a little bit more on what this term means?

3.Sędziwój: Ok, so PLBM has become a vague, umbrella-term for black metal coming from Poland (it is especially used in relation to the more recent bands). I guess that some people see a certain hard-to-define common denominator of polish black metal. However, I think that the term is not serious, maybe even half-jocular.


Czarcikęs: I agree with Sędziwój although not fully. When I listen to bands that are being labeled as PLBM (Furia and Odraza are the ones that I’m most familiar with) I get the sense that they do have something in common – bending the definition of what is and can be called black metal, most often by borrowing from other genres.


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

4. Sędziwój: The topics are mainly existential matters. Some of the lyrics may come from experience and some from observation, but for the most part they are not unlike the devastating poetry of a depressed high schooler. They are inspired by decadent, symbolist poetry and pessimistic philosophy. There is also the subversive aspect of the references to polish pop music from the 80s which serves a light-hearted purpose. The lyrics of the penultimate track are partly a translation of a passage from "Vastarien" (hence the title), a horror short story by one of my favourite authors whose name is Thomas Ligotti.


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

5. Well, Miazmaty is the polish term for "miasma". It is rarely used nowadays and most polish people have to look it up in the dictionary. Honestly, when it comes to the inspiration behind it, I don't think there is much to it except for the fact that it sounds ominous and cool. You can look up "the miasma theory" though, as it's quite interesting. Moreover, if you think about it – music is just painting in the air – so you could say that we're trying to "paint" the air with miasma.


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

6. It is a painting by the swiss romantic painter Füssli. Since he is long dead, his works are in the public domain and we took advantage of that (and I think that it is within the black metal tradition if you think about some Burzum covers for example). The painting is called "Silence" and it, at least to me, reflects the mood of the lyrics and the speaker's struggles quite accurately. Lyrically, it is a very self-centered and personal album and the painting also brings that to mind, as we can only see the man and very little background. The man is probably in a state of some depressive, peaceful lethargy (hence the name Silence), but there is also another important aspect; his "silence" is shining a light in this dark, cold space. Whether this light is godly or ungodly is of no interest to me, but the fact is that it shines in this absurd world for some equally absurd purpose - and the purpose of our music is no different.



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

7. We haven't done any live shows yet. Truth be told, for now at least, we're a studio band considering we don't have a drummer and there are only 3 of us, and our music would require more people on stage in order to be presented properly. We're not entirely closed to this idea though, if we happen to receive a gig offer and are able to find some live musicians, then we'll definitely consider it.


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

8. Currently, we are unofficially signed to our own little fun label called Nowa Aleksandria. So far, we haven't received any interest. We don't know what it's going to be, but we have our eyes on a few respected polish labels and after recording the second EP we might end up contacting them.


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

9. You know, so far we have received little reaction apart from the opinions of our friends, so I think it is impossible to judge as of yet. Time will tell (at least we hope so).


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

10. It is honestly hard to say. Right now, we are in the middle of writing the material for two EPs that we more or less have an idea for. One is going to be a melodic EP, relying heavily on tremolo picking. The second one is going to be less typically black metal and it's going to end with a 20 minute-long epic closing track. We also have some preconception for our first LP. All that I can say is that we would like it to have a leitmotiv, fugues and lots of intertwining melodies as well as a coherent lyrical concept; we want it to be something resembling an intricately ornamented gothic cathedral. It is going to be an ambitious enterprise, most likely too ambitious for us to be honest. Well, with our daily responsibilities as well as other musical projects that we're involved in, it might even take years.


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. Sędziwój: 11. Well, as far as I am concerned, I find a lot of black metal groups inspiring. Some of my favourite recent groups are: Furia, Oranssi Pazuzu, Odraza, Gruzja, Misþyrming, Selbst and Paysage D'hiver. Perhaps the band which I look up to the most is Deathspell Omega, simply because of the scope of their conceptual ambition and how beautifully complex and vanguard their music is. I also listen to a lot of music outside metal (so do the other guys) and I have found that ripping-off / interpolating melodies from classical music proves to be highly effective as an inspiration for black metal songwriting.


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


12. I think that's pretty much all there is to say at this point. Thanks for the interview!




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

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sylvan Awe 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?


I've been working on the next Sylvan Awe record, the music is mostly written and I like the identity it's taking. My other band Galaxy has just released it's debut album, 'On the Shore of Life', there's been alot of work into the lead up of the release and now, packing orders etc. Galaxy is in a different metallic sphere than S.A with a more traditional approach rooted in heavy metal.


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


On our debut 'Offering', I feel I was finding my feet in the genre. Don't get me wrong, I am still very proud of that release but I can hear it's not really a consistent listen throughout. Although there are highlights in my humble opinion, it waivers at times to me where as 'Transcend' has more direction and a general coherent feel about it. Transcend is more melodic I'd say, probably more aggressive too and definitely more focussed lyrically.


3.This is also your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


After 'Offering', I wrote the music for the Càirdeas Fala - Sons of the North album out on Werewolf Promotions out of Poland. I also wrote the music for the Galaxy EP Lost From the Start and formed a live band. The creation, writing and recording element of music is where my true passion lies rather than the stage so the previously mentioned full length Galaxy album and Transcend followed soon after. My wife and I also had a Daughter and have since moved to the coast. 


4.Both of the band members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Sylvan Awe', that you are not able to do with your other groups?


I feel Cairdeas Fala is colder and more raw with a focus on creating an atmosphere, I tend to listen to that style of black metal more so rather than the cleaner, larger production qualities of Sylvan Awe, but I believe S.A demands that style production. So I'd say the more melodic and modern approach to black metal has my preference in S.A that I wouldn't attack with C.F, and Galaxy is different completely. I also have some other recording projects on the go with a grind/dbeat/melodic hardcore sound, working titles and some collaborations are in process. 


5.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?


Many topics are addressed, but mainly, confronting and crushing the mundane world. A wolf among sheep, calling to one's higher spirit to demand more of oneself and 'ride the tiger'. Ancestral roots, death, addiction and family to name a few.


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


Sylvan Awe is an attempt to put into words that feeling you get when you are taken away elsewhere, but firmly located deep within a forest.  


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


My wife painted the artwork with minimal direction from me other than a requested colour palette. We have a lot of her artwork hung up around the house and I find myself constantly drawn in by her art so I feel it may attract the same feelings for the listener. My dear friend, R. Allen worked with me on the layout and design, he was across the lyrical direction of the album and an Algiz rune could not have been more fitting and tied the piece together in a striking way I believe. 


8.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?


Other than maybe the odd guest musician, I don't feel the need to include any extra members. 


9.The new album was released on 'Northern Silence Records', how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Natural World Records'?


I was probably more hands on and involved with NWR, they were an absolute pleasure to work with and the only label I wanted 'Offering' to be released on. I've been a fan of Northern Silence for years, their past and current roster has always been featured in regular listens so I was happy to have S.A have a new home with some more reach to a larger audience and distro. Torsten has been very professional, personable, easy and clear to communicate with and I'm looking forward to seeing the quality of his and his team's products (once I receive them). 


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


Generally in a positive light. I've had plenty of support and kind words around the release. The Mgla / Uada comparisons have come in strong however, but I believe if you dig a little deeper into the album you'll hear more than a so-called Polish influence and discover our own energy and soundscape. To be honest, the recent Khors album, 'Where the Word Acquires Eternity' relit my flame and truly inspired me to write again for Sylvan Awe. 


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


Our new material is taking its own course and occurring rapidly. I would say it's more melodic, dynamic and even verging on progressive at times. A little more technical structurally, but at the same time very coherent and riff focussed especially. 


12.What are you listening to nowadays?


As I'm writing this interview I have Krvna - Sempinfernus playing. Recently I've been turning back to some old Satyricon classics, Enslaved too. Rotting Christ - Triarchy of the Lost Lovers is always revisited. Early Odraza, early Agalloch, Vaiya, the new Der Weg einer Freiheit, Ihsahn - AngL, Horrendous - Idol, A Forest Of Stars - Beware of the Sword You Cannot See to name a few. Oh and every era of Voivod, always.


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


Thanks for taking the time to develop and ask questions man, cheers for doing your part in spreading the Sylvan Awe sounds. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to listen to the album start to finish, I'm not a fan of the modern way music is consumed eg playlists and singles, so anyone who can put any of their time into our music I'm greatly appreciative of. Check out Sylvan Awe - Transcend out on Northern Silence Productions, if you like what you hear please share with your metal community. Hails!