Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Wind Of Eternity Interview

 

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

Wind of Eternity started in 2010 after the split of my previous band Orchid. My name is Zeb-zero and I take care of all instruments, programming's and voices. In reality first compositions which are present in the current album, are dated long time ago (2005-06). During all this time song have been dismantled and re-arranged to take a new form. With this solo project I just try to compose the music that I like more, putting together powerful riff and melancholic atmosphere. That's just a depressed aggression!  


2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?

The first album of Wind of Eternity (After All These Years) is really different to my previous EP released with Orchid (Monumento Suicida). Orchid was a amorphous creature devoted to a sad, darkened raw black metal. Wind of Eternity, which is always full of somber atmospheres, shows songs which are more articulated and complex also from an arrangement point of view. 


3.You also took a 7 year break, what was the decision behind making a comeback after the hiatus?

Yes, indeed the projects remained on hold for a lot time. This break was due to other priorities but the woodworm of the music was always penetrating my mind. After a long disease, to turn my life, I have decided to work again in my old writings.


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

As you can imagine the themes of the lyrics are not ideal for a beach party. Main topics are the decadence of the society, negative personal experiences, nostalgy of past times, repulsion against boring - following mass people.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wind Of Eternity'?

With this name I wanted to represent something that can remain during time. Something pure. 


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

That's a bit funny how the cover was created. In a first instance I wanted to use a picture taken in a industrial area located in the country close to my house during the last winter. A mix of asphalt and greyness of unused buildings. Later I wanted to use my own drawing representing an entity in the solitude of a grey city. At the end I have tried to combine the picture and the drawing and you can see the final result. That's easy to understand the meaning: un undefined entity in the loneliness between grey buildings and abandoned factories. 


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians in your previous band 'Orchid', how would you compare the two?

There is a huge difference; as you can imagine with Orchid the composition process was done by my partner and I separately and then in the rehearsal room we tried to put all together and define the structure of the songs. Now, doing all in my own, and working in the absolute loneliness I take care of the composition of everything, track by track. First approach was mostly based on instinct, second one is a bit more reasoned.   


8.The new album is going to be released on 'Visionaire Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes, they are supporting me on the promotion of this opus and I am happy so far, they are doing a great job. I suggest also to have a look on their full catalog because they are plenty of interesting releases.


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

I think it is a bit early to say, the album has been just released.  I am not sure that this album could be appreciated only by fans of this kind of music. In this album there is a mix of different musical aspects that could be appreciated by a wider range of listeners. I would define my music like a sort of depressed metal aggression


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

That's hard to say. I am currently working on new material and my focus is to have a new album ready soon. Song are mostly all composed, now I am in the recording phase. Name of the second album should be Storpio Mentale (Mentally Crippled). And it is not completely excluded a live activity in the future. This will depend if I find the right people for the band. And another focus is to improve my mixing skills in order to mix the songs in my own


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?

There are a lot of band that influenced me. As you can imagine I am a lot into music. If I have to provide some names for sure I would say: Darkthrone, Leviathan, Shining, Novembre, Katatonia, Forgotten Tomb, Krohm...Coming to my nowadays listening's I like different stuff from dark, progressive, till to the most deviated metal 


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

Please listen the first album of Wind of Eternity, it is a well recorded and mixed stuff. Use an good quality audio system and raise up the volume! You will enjoy it!!!


Zeb-zero

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Arkæon/Parasit/I, Voidhanger Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Arkæon  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  raw,  chaotic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Parasit"  which  will b e  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a r aw  feeling.   All  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  lean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths,  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  also  go  for  more  of  a  deeper  approach.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  the  parasitical  relationship  of  modern  humanity  with  the  autochthonous  forces  of  life.  


  In  my  opinion  Arkæon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  chaotic  and  melodic  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skaggerrak"  and  "Evig  Trods".  8  out  of  10.


  https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/parasit   

Skythala/Boreal Despair/I, Voidhanger Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Skythala  are  a  band  with  members  from  Tennessee  and  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  Russian  neo-classical  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Boreal  Despair"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  dissonant  and  technical  moments  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Orchestration  is  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length   along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.


  Russian  style  neo-classical  touches  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  giving  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  more  of  melodic,  dissonant  and  technical  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  some  acoustic  gutiars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.     


  In  my  opinion  Skythala  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental   and  dissonant  mixture  of  black, death  metal  and  Russian  neo-classical  and  if  you  are  a f an  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Nuclear  Dawn"  and  "Yielding  Quivers  Of  Revolution".  8  out  of  10.


  https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/boreal-despair 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Persekutor/Brain Freeze/2022 EP Review

 


  Romania's  Persekutor  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "Brain  Freeze"  which  will  be  released  on  October  7th.


  A  very  heavy  traditional  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  The  music  also  adds  in a  great  amount  of  blacvk'n'roll  influences  along  with  the  music  also  taking  an  old  school  style  and  taking  it  into a  more  modern  musical  direction.


  Most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  the  solos a nd  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  some  Iron  maiden  and  Ac/Dc  Covers.  

  

  On  this  recording  Pervertor  takes  black'n'roll  and  traditional  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  mid  tempo  release  that  pays  homage  to  the  old  school  as  well  as  remaining  modern  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Persekutor  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  black'n'roll  and  blackened  heavy  metal, y uo  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brain  Freeze"  and  "Flight  of  Icarus".  8  out  of  10.


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Galicia/Precipice/Hessian Firm/2022 CD Review

 


  Galicia  are  a  band  from Whittier,  California  that  plays  a  bestial  and  melodic  mixture  of  war,  black,  dark  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Precipice"  which  will  be  released  on  October  21st  by  Hessian  Firm.


  A  very  heavy,  melodic  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements.


  Bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  fast  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  influences  of  doom  and  dark  metal,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Galicia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  dark  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Galicia  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  and  melodic  mixture  of  war,  black,  dark  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Retracted  The  Nonsubmerged"  and  "No  Phoenix  Will  Rise".  8  out  of  10.


  

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Aldaaron/Arcane Mountain Cult/Paragon Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  France's  Aldaaron  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  harsh  style  of  pagan  black  metal  and  the  album  will b e  released  in  November  of  2022  and  is  called  "Arcane  Mountain  Cult".


  The  sounds  of  winter  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  heavier  musical  direction,  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast b eats  can b e  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  have  their  deeper  moments.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times. 


  A  couple   of   the  tracks are also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and clean  playing  also  being  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mythology, Philosophy,  Fantasy  and  Winter  themes.


  In  my  opinion   this  is   another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aldaaron  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE   "Pride  And  Sorrow"  and  "Adorned  With  Frost".  8  out  of  10.


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Voidfire Interview

 

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


 


Jakub: I mostly focused on writing guitar parts for future releases.


 


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


 


Jakub: When writing the music, I focused less on the sound itself and more on the emotions that I wanted to express, which makes the album more musically diverse – it’s not just pure melodic black metal, there are some influences from other genres as well. Another difference are the bass guitar parts, which are much more melodic and also more audible compared to our debut – the role of the bass is equally important to all the other instruments.


 


3.The lyrics on the new recording are also a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you have covered with this release?


 


Jakub: the story told through the lyrics of ‘W Cienie’ is a direct continuation of the one told on our debut, ‘Ogień Pustki’. It follows an artist who decides to look for inspiration in his emotions – mainly the negative ones. While the lyrics of the debut were rather literal, the lyrics of ‘W Cienie’ are much more metaphorical, while remaining very introspective. Jakub Lisicki, our lyricist, cites the Divine Comedy, as well as other long poetic forms written by classic authors, as his main inspiration.


 


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


 


Jakub: The name ‘Voidfire’ ties into the concept and the story told through the lyrics – we’d like to leave this somewhat open to interpretation.


 


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


 


Virian: It’s made by my wife (Anna Sobczak Illustration fb/ig). She knows the bands where I am a vocalist (also Lilla Veneda) and the darkness art like no-one else. In August we visited an exhibition Satyricon & Munch in Oslo. It’s a similar connection if you know what I mean.


 


6.Has th eband done any live shows or open to the idea?


 


Jakub: We haven’t done any live shows – yet.


 


7.The new album is going on to be released on 'Szataniec' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


 


Virian: It’s a small but with a big potential polish label dedicated to the good quality music. Not only pure death or black metal. Also metal core, progressive rock etc… I like people with an open mind and a good taste. Check their catalogue.


 


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


 


Jakub: Our music has been received very well by people all around the world. I was amazed at how many positive reviews our debut received; I hope ‘W Cienie’ will be enjoyed just as much.


 


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


 


Jakub: I don’t currently have any other official musical projects or bands.


Virian: With Lilla Veneda we are now mixing our 3rd full length album at Impressive-Art Studio. We hope that it will be something unique. Also, we are trying to be active live. Next year probably much more because of the release. Check our social media. It’s more progressive death black weirdo.


 


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


 


Jakub: I tend to not make any kind of plans like this – I just make new music and see where it takes me.


 


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?


 


Jakub: My current taste in music is quite diverse: I mostly listen to electronic music (IDM, electro, DnB – too many different artists to name each one), some post-punk, as well as, of course, metal – mostly, although not only, black metal.


Virian: On my Spotify list recently you can find: Megadeth „The Sick…”, Behemoth „Opvs…”, Bleed From Within„ Shrine”, Satyricon&Munch, Ozzy Osborne „Patient”, Again and again Death „The Sound…”, Dead Can Dance „ Anastasis”, The Weekend „After…”, Jack White „Fear of the Dawn”, Watain „The Agony…”, Rammstein „Zeit”, Unto Other „Strength”, Orville Peck „Bronco”, Top Gun ost…


 


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


 


Jakub: Thank you for this interview and thanks to people who took their time to read it.


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