Sunday, May 22, 2022

Lord Of Horns Interview

 

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

My music is inspired by classic black metal from the late 80's and early 90's, as well as horror movie scores. I try to emulate the feeling and atmosphere as some of the classic albums of that era. The project separates itself from any of my past projects by staying true to the genre. I have total control of the direction of the material, so it's easy to not let outside influences adulterate the final outcome. I feel like this is the type of music I was destined to create.


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

Like I mentioned in the first question, I was aiming to recreate that early black metal sound. Some of the songs I had been working on for a number of years. I came up with the main riff to "Nightmare Castle" right after releasing Oktober Myst during the Acryptylyse days back in '08 or '09. It was one of those running tremolo picking riffs utilized iconically by Burzum, Emperor, and Darkthrone. I loved it so much I quickly had an outline for it and based the name off of an old Barbara Steele movie. I inserted a bass solo and called it a wrap. The lyrics were the hard part. "Ritual Hunt" is much newer. I knew I wanted to write a song about a tribe of cannibals, loosely inspired by movies like Cannibal Holocaust and Green Inferno, so I knew I wanted to have a strong toms theme throughout the song. I made the drumline into a notable riff before the rest of the music comes in with a grooving rhythm. Only after I added the keyboards did I get the feeling of being on a ship and getting rocked about on the high seas. And that's how I came up with the idea to have pirates play the victim role. I put in black metal elements to create tension and cause waves of anxiety for the listener until it comes crashing down. The last song on the demo, "Screams of the Oskorei" was based off a riff and the following chord progression I came up with many years ago when I was fresh out of high school. I was listening to a lot of Emperor's "Nightside" and I think that inspired the riff in some way. I was writing for Acryptylyse back then, so I focused on writing music that invoked fear from the listener. As for the chord progression, I remember listening to Dimmu Borgir's Stormblast re-recording and one of my favorite songs on it had a similar chord progression, but it just didn't go anywhere, so I wanted to give the progression a better and more notable ending. I wrote and recorded a full song featuring the riff and chord progression, but I lost it after one of my computers crashed. I never forgot the riff and chord progression, but everything else was scrapped, so I had to rewrite new parts for that song. I'm happy I did, because I love the way it came out. When I added keyboards, I knew I wanted that dark ethereal feeling that's iconic throughout "In the Nightside Eclipse." During the slower part, I knew I wanted spoken words, but not in the way Emperor typically does it, as it's usually not very audible. But I love the way Maniac does spoken word, and so I tried something similar. 


3.A lot of your lyrics cover horror and dark fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I was actually born on Halloween, so I quickly developed a natural affinity to the macabre. When I was younger, I would listen to tapes of horror sound effects, like the ones people would play for trick-or-treaters and I would relish in the unnerving atmosphere. I have a passion to scare people or at least make them feel uncomfortable in my presence. I love watching horror movies, reading horror stories, and going to haunted attractions. Horror was the main focus of Acryptylyse, some of these songs, plus the ones on the upcoming album were written with that intent. 

A lot of modern horror stories come from folklore and that's where the dark fantasy comes in - stuff about elves and wraiths and the like. These things are more representative of the evils that dwell in nature. In olden times nature was seen as an enemy of society, and in some parts of my songs I bring the listener back to those times with tranquil, yet unsettling music..


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lord Of Horns'?

I always like the title of 'lord.' To me it represents someone who is prominent and powerful, assertive and assured. Someone who can command and compel others at his will.

The 'horns' part represents some of the fiercest beasts in the wild. I think of it as natural mysticism, like Beastmaster, but more sinister.

An even deeper meaning, for me personally, I have always felt a strong connection to Thor, who is oftentimes represented by goats. In homage of Thor and my pseudonym, I have adorned the head of my bass with goat horns.


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

The artwork comes from photographs that were taken with assistance from my audio engineer and my son. I wanted imagery that conveyed the themes of the songs on the demo. The castle is a photograph of a tapestry I was gifted as a child. I dressed my son up as a nightmarish elf draining the life force out of me while I slept. These 2 images represented "Nightmare Castle." For "Ritual Hunt" I dressed up as a savage hunter and I had my engineer play a fallen pirate. I had a hard time coming up with an idea for an image for "Screams of the Oskorei" that didn't involve a bunch of beautiful women riding on horses and a giant CGI budget. I ended up settling on the ritual scene during the slower part of the song. I inserted a bunch of props alluding to Odin, like a spear and 2 ravens, which aren't very noticeable in the finished product. I also had my engineer paint runes on my back that spell Odin.

As this is a demo for my upcoming album, "The Forest at Dusk," I wanted a green overlay and I used the same fonts I used for that cover.


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

I've worked in many bands over the years. None of them have gotten very far. Either I'm letting other people handle the business side or I'm steering the way, but others are dragging their feet. Musicians are fickle and very flakey. If you wait for the right people to join your band you will never get anything done. I've accomplished more in a month or two with Lord of Horns than I ever had with all my previous projects. So, as far as my solo project goes, I'm not anticipating anyone joining unless I see that they are seriously dedicated.

Of course, this doesn't mean I won't be moonlighting for other bands. In fact, right now I'm rehearsing with Dark Moon Spirit, a goth-rock band from New Jersey. Also, there's some talks about me rejoining Succumbed, an alternative/ industrial rock band, lead by my engineer. That's up in the air, but still a possibility.


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

I haven't received any interest, yet. My logic is with the advent of the internet and products like CDBaby and Distrokid to get your music on all the music platforms that matter, there's no use for being on a label. Most indie labels try to make money off their bands rather than promoting the bands they represent. It's totally backwards, just like in the live scene, promoters aren't promoting shows, they just put on the shows and make the bands sell tickets.

I would only want to be on a label if they got me premium bookings and promoted them heavily - like billboard and social media ads running a month before my shows in targeted geographical areas. I honestly don't ever see that happening, so I'm not planning on signing to a label.


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

One a worldwide level, I have yet to see. I think it's too early to tell, but from the feedback I have gotten from people involved in the scene for decades, I think anyone who enjoys the classic era of Black Metal will also like my music. Hopefully, the modern metalheads will, as well.


9.Do you also have any experience playing in other bands or musical projects?

Yes, as I've stated before, I've led Acryptylyse and Dark Reverence. I was in the death/black metal band Exinfernum while they were still based in New Jersey. I played in Succumbed and probably will again. And I'm playing in Dark Moon Spirit. Like every other musician, I have been in numerous other projects that have all fallen flat, but those are the most prominent names I have been attached to.


10.Currently you are working on your first full length, what can we expect musically once it is released?

More of what you heard on "Few Ever Survive the Night..." I have a few songs that are heavily influenced by Darkthrone - one of which I didn't use any keyboards to make it more gritty. There's another song more aligned with black and roll, like I from Immortal and Satyricon's later material, but I combine it with influences from Dark Medieval Times. It's a great mix of thrash and black metal, and a hell of fun to perform!

The album intro is really cool, it starts out with a light fantasy chord progression and slowly becomes ominous and then you're hit with blastbeats to reassure you that you are listening to Black Metal!

The whole album takes you on a journey of sorts, with each song you encounter characters who dwell in the forest. Some magickal, some supernatural, while others are just the common man committed to evil deeds. With so much wickedness that hides in the forest, few ever survive the night...


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

I'm honestly not listening to anything now-a-days. Unfortunately, covid has overly-politicized so many people, including myself. I don't like reading general posts and memes about the on-going stories, so I try to keep up with things through independent media and youtube lawyers breaking down legal facts and processes to get a better grasp of the world we are currently living in. This doesn't leave a lot of time for me to listen to music, especially when I'm busy practicing. But, if I were to listen to music, I would be listening to 80's thrash and 90's black metal mainly. I know what I like, so I don't see a reason to stray. Occasionally, I'll listen to goth, classic rock, or blues; but I know where my home is musically.

As far as influences on my music, mainly bands like Burzum, Emperor, Darkthrone, Satyricon, and Dissection. Every now and then I'll throw in some groovy rhythm like early Mayhem, as in Ritual Hunt. Overall, blues and classic rock helped shape my childhood and adolescence, so I tend to write songs with those formulas in mind. Sometimes I'll add a bluesy part for dynamics, but I do it in a very unconventional way that disguises it and it's not recognizable as traditional blues.  

 

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

I would like to thank you for your time listening to and reviewing my demo and for conducting this interview. It's good to see the genre and its advocates have held steadfast throughout the years. Look out for "The Forest at Dusk" coming out later in the summer! Anyone who wants to download the demo, stay updated, or just generally support me, check out lordofhorns.bandcamp.com or search for me on iTunes, Amazon Music, or Spotify. Stay Grim!!!

VomitmantiK/Devotio Ad Bestias/Nuclear Abominations/2022 CD Review

 


  VomitmantiK  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  consists  of  members  from  Uncreation,  Terrorsaw,  Deathfucker  and  Necromutilator  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Devtio  Ad  Bestias"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  Abominations.


  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a mixture  of  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  tempo  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  along  with  all  of  the  music  avoiding  the  use  of  any  melody,  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  raw  and  brutal  style  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Bathroy's  "The  Return  Of  Darkness  And  Evil".


  VomitmantiK  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while the  lyrics  cover  necromancy,  blasphemy,  dark  witchcraft,  rituals,  nightmares,  darkness  and  death  themes.        

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Veter Daemonaz/Muse Of The Damned.Osmose Productions/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Veter  Daemonaz  are  a  band  from  St.  Petersburg,  Russia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Muse  Of  The  Damned"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Osmose  Productions.


  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  makes  a  return  on  a  later  song  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  .  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  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.  The  album  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  old  school  Swedish  influences  along  with  the  recording  also  adding  in  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly along  with  one  song  also  being  an  instrumental  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Sorcery  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Veter  Daemonaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCZLUDE  "Under  The  Banners  Of  Night"  "Moon  Sorcery"  and  "The  Thread".  8  out  of  10.


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Bloodrain/Bloodrain VI: Resurgam/Ketzer Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Russia's  Bloodrain  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  satanic  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Bloodrain  VI:  Resurgam"  which  will  be  released  on  May  26th  by  Ketzer  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  and  the  second  wave  era  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  Von  cover.


  On  this  recording  Bloodrain  introduces  elements  of  thrash  metal  into  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  different  from  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Horror  and  Anti  Religion  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bloodrain  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Dream  of  A  Lifetime"  "World  of  Dr  Moreau"  "Night  Stalker"  and  "Von".  8  out  of  10.


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Pest/Ära/Ketzer Records/Heidens Hart/2022 CD Re-Issue Review

 


  Pest  where  a  band  from  Germany  that  played  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2000  album  "Ära"  which  was  re-issued  in  2022  as  a  joint  effort between  Ketzer  Records  and  Heidens  Hart.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling   and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  era  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  keyboard  orientated  instrumentals  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album,  nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  but  keeping  the  main  focus  on  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  nihilism,  misanthropy,  death,  plague,  nature  and  anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Pest  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  that  where  ahead  of  their  time  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warriors  Of  Darkness"  "Breeding"  and  "Ära".  8 out  of  10.


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Mordran/Tellurian Sorrow/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Mordran  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  dark  folk  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  album  "Tellurian  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  in  June.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

 

 Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  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.


  When  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  ambient  orientated  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  witchcraft,  paganism,  occultism,  nature,  isolation.  existentialism  and  cosmicism  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Mordran  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  dark  folk  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tellurian  Sorrow"  and  "Stargazer".  8  out  of  10.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

Todesstrafe/Battlefield Destroyer (2017-2021)/We Are At War Records/2022 Compilation Album Review

 


  Italy's  duo  Todesstrafe  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the national  socialist  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  compilation  album  "Battlefield  Destroyer  (2017-2021)  which  was  released  by  We  Are  At  War  Records  and  consists  of  songs  that  where  recorded  over  a  4  year  time span.


  WWII  era  military  music  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences.


  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  war  samples.  Influences  of  RAC  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well as  having  their  raw  and  chaotic  moments.  


  All  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords,  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  compilation  closing  with  an  acoustic  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  Europe  and  national  socialism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Todesstrafe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  national  socialist  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Flame  Still  Burning"  "A  Distant  Thunder"  "A  Deadly  Ritual"  and  "Survival  Instinct".  8  out  of  10.


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