Thursday, July 23, 2009

Southern Extremity/Hymns of Darkness And Hate/2009 CD Review

 Southern Extremity are a 3 man band hailing from Italy who plays an unique style of raw black metal and this is a review of their self released album "Hymns of Darkness And Hate".

Drums on this recording use a mixture of slow beats with some really fast blast beats, while the bass playing which is mixed low in the mix seem to be all rhythm bass and and it has a sound which makes the guitars sound darker.

Guitars on this recording uses a lot of different types of riffs, with some parts being really slow and it has a trippy distorted feel at times and a lot of times there are some really fast black metal riffs that kind of have an early 90's underground death/thrash feel, however I did not hear any guitar leads.

Vocals are mostly raspy black metal screams with some occasional clean singing, while the lyrics cover topics such as demons, Armageddon and hate, as for the production on this cd recoded on an 8 track in the drummers basement has a very raw feel and you can tell this band really knows how to work an 8 track recording and this album has a better sound than most releases that are recorded on that kind of equipment.

In my own personal opinion this is a really good album and I feel this band has plenty of potential and I am looking forward to hearing their progress over the next few years. Standout tracks include "Winter Requiems" and "Sign OF The Times". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Nokturnicon MySpace Music Review

Nokturnicon are a 2 man band with one member from Florida and another one from Arkansas that plays a raw form of black metal and this is a review of their music from MySpace.

Drums are very fast with a lot of blast beats, while the bass playing which is mixed down low in the mix is tuned down low and has a dark sound.

Guitars while mostly black metal have some death metal influences with some slow riffs that also combine fast riffs that are very primal and give the music a brutal edge, I did not however hear that many guitar leads.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics seem to cover Satanic topics, as for the production it has a very raw feel.

In my opinion this band sounds really great and I hear plenty of potential in the music.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Sorrows Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
Sorrows has been an image I've had in my head for years now. I wrote an albums worth of songs four years ago but never got to recording them. So I felt the need to start fresh and decided to go a different direction instead of going for a traditional black metal sound. The new stuff I've been writing has more acoustic melodies, mid-tempo sounding guitars played along with keyboards and piano. The Sorrows demo was recorded and released to the public January 2009.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
It's definitely in the Black Metal genre. Sorrows uses acoustic throughout the songs to give it something extra and different than usual. The sound is very depressing as opposed to evil.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
Basically what the name means, Sorrows. There's so many things in this world people go through everyday and I feel the need to write about it.

4. What was it that got you into black metal?
Years ago I was a Death Metal fanatic and discovered Black Metal due to the imagery I was seeing from bands such as Dark Throne, Mayhem and Marduk. I was curious to what they were writing about and why they choose the imagery they did. It was completely new to me and I loved the fast paced guitars and drums. I choose do to Sorrows in the vein of Black Metal
because I feel it is the only music to take you to another world and have a sound of sorrow.

5. Are there any plans to create a full line up?
As of right now, there are no plans in creating a full line up. Sorrows is a project that I need to do personally and maintain full control of the creativity. This is my outlet to getting things off my chest and to teach society a few things most people don't see on a daily basis.

6. What direction do you see the music going into during the future?
I picture the music sounding very erie and melodic as opposed to depressing and raw sounding. As far as the lyrical content goes, it's going to be more about whats going on in this world we live in and the struggles society goes through. There's only so much a person can say about their personal issues. After a while, it just gets repetitive. I personally feel thats what black metal is missing today, there aren't many bands speaking out about problems others face on a daily basis instead they're writing about their personal issues over and over again.. I hope to see Sorrows reach out to tons of people that share the same mentality and open a few close-minded eyes.

7. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

I'm more influenced by the things that I see around me and whats goes on in this world. Thats what is fueling the music and for me to continue writing. As far as musically, I would like to say Dark Throne is a a big influence and early Celtic Frost. I don't really listen to black metal to help me write, I just write whatever comes out naturally and those bands are the only thing I can say I sound similar to, riff wise anyway.

8. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?
The past few years I haven't been too active with the Black Metal scene due to bands sounding very similar to each other. I listen to everything this world has to offer musically. I'm very open-minded when it comes to music. In fact, the majority of the music I listen to nowadays isn't along the lines of extreme metal. Some current bands that I do feel are worth checking out is Proxenus from Spain. They're a Dark Ambient band that takes you to another world while listening to their music. The Funeral Pyre from Southern California, that band has put in so much hard work and don't get the respect they deserve, the sound they evolved into is amazing, I expect great things from that band. I also recommend listening to music outside of metal for a change.

9. Does Satanism or Occultism play a role in the music?
Satanism or Occultism has no role in Sorrows music nor will it ever. There's been so many bands that followed that path and sound just like the next band, it's played out. I have more respect for a Black Metal band that's Christian than Satanic because I would rather see a band enter something and go against everything the music has stand for in the past than to see a band that portray themselves as a Satanic band that's just doing it for the image or to fit in with the rest.

10. Are there any good films or books that you would recommend?
I mainly watch Comedy movies to get my mind off things but some good Documentary's I have seen and strongy recommend are The Bridge, Grizzleman and American Hardcore. For books I recommend Strangers From A Different Shore by Ronald Takiki, The Hero of Skid Row by George Mitchell, and The Soloist by Steve Lopez. Check out these books and read about the less-fortunate people of our world. Some people have it worse then we do.

11. How would you compare the U.S black metal scene to other countries?
I feel the US Black Metal scene is growing in the amount of bands popping up but I don't see it being accepted as well as Europe has accepted it. Where I'm from, there aren't too many Black Metal shows that go on unless it's some huge tour going through and I don't live in a small town or small state for that matter. Promoters really don't care what the band stands for or has to offer, they're only concerned about the money that goes into their pockets. Europe will always be the leader of Black Metal, the United States re-creates the sound the Europeans have made many years ago.

12. Any final words?
I appreciated the interview and giving me a chance to speak my mind. This is the first interview I've done for Sorrows and I'm greatly thankful for the opportunity. Keep your eyes open for future releases. I have a split coming out soon with Proxenus and I'm currently writing for an ep entitled "...A Chorus for the Helpless."

13. Thanks for the interview?
Thank you, make sure to check Sorrows out on

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sorrows 2 Song Demo Review 2009

Sorrows- 2 song demo review
Sorrows is a 1 man project hailing from the united States and I would describe their music as a depressing from of black metal that mixes fast parts with some slow doom sounding black metal.

Drums cover a lot of ground with some slow beats mixed with some real fast blast beats, while the bass playing which is mixed down low in the mix has a really dark and depressing tone.

Keyboards when they are utilized have a dark ambient feel mixed with the feel of an epic movie, while the guitars have a very heavy sound with some slow riffs that mix in a lot of fast and midpaced parts as well while the acoustic guitars  sound very melodic and clean.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams that have a very brutal edge, while the lyrics seem to be about depressing topics, as for the production it sounds good for a demo and you can hear all of the instruments.

In my opinion Sorrows are  a good band with a lot of potential and I am looking forward to hearing future material.  RECOMMENDED.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Erevos Aenaon Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Well, we started as a band in 2001,playing black metal,rehearsing and exploring ways to express our message through black metal music.We had our first live 3 years later,when we were satisfied with what we created. We did not hurry to perform a live show nor a recording.The line up is mostly the same now as it was when we begun.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

We try to express a cold and fatalistic feeling,using influences of Greek black metal when we want to create a gloom atmosphere and Norwegian influences for the more offensive parts. I believe that every band has a unique sound that makes it distinctive,so,its old school black,those interested may check us out.

3. What is the meaning behind the bands name?

The ideological part of the band is the most important,its name should give the viewer a clue to the ideological identity of ours. We believe that everything that exists,has to end.And that end is permanent. We are anti-religious nihilists,and we spread a message. That only nonexistence is eternal. The absence of existence is understood from human feeble perception as darkness and death. Erevos is an ancient Greek term that means vast darkness. According to the occultist Orpheus the world was created out of chaos and erevos.(erevos was considered the quintessence of darkness,and it fathered "nyx" the night). Aenaon is ancient Greek for eternal,but also expresses endless motion. These two words combined mean that only darkness,and therefore nonexistence is eternal.

4. How would you describe your live shows?

With corpse paint or not,with fire breathing's or not,we just do what it feels natural to do when performing.We focus to one thing though,to feel and truly express what we play. We see our live shows as a way to present our ideological beliefs and mostly we want those present to feel the cold and anti-life emotions we want them to feel when listening to us. I believe that we have achieved that.

5. Have you received any label interest yet?

No.Our fist goal is to record a proper demo first.We are not pleased with our previous recordings.

6. What direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

We ll be around for a long time,and we ll keep it underground.

7. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Our non-music wise influences are the occult and philosophy. Among with science they are the best weapons we can use to overthrow the dogma and religion. I would like to make it clear though that we are NOT a pagan band.Ancient Greece does inspire us,but not in the matter of religious beliefs.

8. What are you listening ti nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

Apart from the old good stuff,I would recommend ravencult, an uprising band with a true black metal sound.I would also recommend another band called sad. True black and true underground band.I'd also recommend maphorion,no hand path,athos,exetheris and goat phallus.

9. What rule does Satanism or Occultism play in the music and life?

We regard satanism as a form of religion. And religious satanists are just the other side of the christian religion,and we are not very fond of christians.But we can find common ground concerning the anti-human,anti-life and anti christian sentiments. Occult is of great importance in ones life and music.It makes intelligent people think,wonder and search for answers,and it also makes retarded people to fear and stay away from matters that are not of their concern. Black metal is the expression of occult beliefs in matters of music.

10. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?

The Hymns of Orpheus,The philosophy of Heracletus,the cosmic theories of Democritus,Plato's myth of the cave and the De occulta philosophia libri tres of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.

11. How would you compare the Greek Pantheon to other systems such as Nordic,Roman, or Celtic?Those pagan religions share some similarities,the most basic of those is the lack of dogma.Every one was free to understand his religion his own way,there were no heretics and outcast beliefs in ancient religions.That is their basic difference form the three Zion oriented religions.Those pagan religions worship the elemental forces and phenomena translating them to myths and deities.

12. Any final words?

The only thing that the man is sure of is his own existence,and nothing further.Our senses are feeble and incomplete,we are more than blind to the reality that surrounds us. You spend your life knowing nothing,and then you die. So,you must reject any religious belief,and focus on the needs of your own will.That will make you different,that will make you a wolf among the sheep.

13. Thanks for the interview?

Thank you for giving us a chance to make our beliefs wider known. Hails.

Whorethorn Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Whorethorn was formed by me (Malphas) in early 2005 as a one man ambient project, but I didn't feel like I could convey my message effectively through this, I so I started experimenting with a more black metal sound.I then started looking for a full band, and hired, after a few changes, Baal and Krayl to play bass and drums. Together we wrote and recorded the Into The Night demo and Under The Veil Of Darkness. Soon after recording Under The Veil Of Darkness, I decided I wanted to create less generic sounding material, something special, something to do justice to the message behind the music.... So I decided to destroy the archetypal black metal sound I had in my mind, and focus on creating something more terrifying than I could have ever previously thought of. The last two demos contain this feeling of unease and terror, and I can assure you, it can only get more intense.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

The sound on our more recent material is, put simply, the audal manifestation of utter hate I have for almost everyone and everything in this universe. I think that is reflected in the music. It is very abrasive, and almost suffocating in parts, but it still manages to maintain it's dynamics, which I think is key.

3. What is the meaning behind the bands name?

I could not tell you if I wanted to, I received the name on an early astral experience, and it has puzzled me ever since.

4. Have you played any live shows yet?No, we have not. I have had planned to take Whorethorn live many times, but I would need a bigger budget than I have at the moment. The live show would be as visual as it would be audal, horrifying yet entrancing. You would definitely not forget a Whorethorn concert. Playing live is a possibility next year, but certainly not likely.

5. What releases have you put out so far?

We released three demos before Under The Veil Of Darkness was recorded. After UTVOD was released I recorded a long, painful demo entitled Pathetic Existence On A Desolate Plane, and more recently, a demo containing two untitled tracks and The Awakening Of Vulfaru. There are a few splits coming out later this year too, and of course our most important work to date, the next full length album.

6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?

I have changed spiritually very much since the start of the band, and this has directly influenced the sound. However I am pleased with the path I am now on, and likewise the direction my music is taking. I would definitely regard our more recent material as more mature, musically.

7. What direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

Who knows!? I guess it depends on where my beliefs take me.

8. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

The lyrics deal with the occult, with some songs being actual invocations to certain deities. They also focus on what I have learned and what I am learning about, spiritually. Mainly, I try to channel emotion through screaming a half improvised, chaotic babble, rather than a mechanical set of words put in place because they sound right.

9. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Musically, I would say mainly Furze, Burzum, Arckanum and Clandestine Blaze. I respect bands like Dissection, Watain, and indeed Arckanum for their lyrical topics, in particular Anti-cosmic Satanism, I am currently learning as much about the MLO as I can, and I await the release of the English version of Liber Azerate, so I can learn more about the only true form of Satanism. Again, I stress that Whorethorn's music is only actively influenced by the beliefs I hold.

10. What are you listening to nowadays what are some good band or releases that you would recommend?

I am currently listening to Deathspell Omega and A Forest Of Stars quite a bit, I strongly recommend that you buy A Forest Of Stars album, as it is one of the most truly original and inspired pieces of music I have ever heard.

11. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music and life?

A big role in the music. I have already pretty much answered that in previous questions. In my life, it plays an equally huge part.

12. Are there any good films or books that you would recommend?

I don't really watch many films, but I would recommend that you watch some of the fucked up work by Jan Svankmeyer.I don't read that many novels, I prefer learning about different magick systems and spend much time learning new things on the astral planes. I can't speak for others about what to read, all I can say is that you have to begin to learn about you true self before attempting to learn anything else.

13. How would you describe the black metal scene in the United Kingdom?

I don't really think there is one, if there was I wouldn't be a part of it. There are a few decent bands though, you just have to look for them.
14. Any final words?Thanks for letting me share my opinion with you, and remember to check out our latest works.

15. Thanks for the interview?

Whorethorn/The Awakening Of Vulfaru Demo 2009 Review

Whorethorn are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a raw form of occultic black metal and this is a review of their latest demo "The Awakening Of Vulfaru".

Drums are mostly fast throughout the recording with some blast beats and when the songs slow down so does the drum kit, while the bass playing which is mixed down low in the  mix seems to follow the riffs coming out of the guitars.

Guitars contain a lot of different elements with some fast riffs mixed in with some slow depressive riffs and both styles contain the best elements of black metal and there is not a lot of guitar leads, while the vocals are high pitched black metal screams mixed with some more grim type singing.

Production on this demo sounds very raw and lo-fi which is perfect for this style of black metal while the lyrics seem to cover occult and depressive types of themes, In my opinion this is a good band and I look forward to hearing more stuff in the future. RECOMMENDED .

Kult Of Taurus Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Kult of taurus was created in 2007 by Sarpedon and Sythanagon,in order to perform old school black metal and to spread chaos and hatred in this pitiful world.There have been many lineup changes in bass and drums,but we have successfully managed to fill it with a steady lineup now with responsible and devoted members like PlatΩn and Christ Torturer..But one can never know what the future holds.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

When we created this band our goal was to create a musical identity and to sound unique yet always in the path of the old school black metal roots.Our sound is a blend of Swedish black metal with an aura of the second wave of the Norwegian black metal scene and some 80's thrash.But I think we have managed to create our own sound so the only thing I can suggest is to check us out and find out yourselves.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

In the Minoan ages as well as in ancient Hellas the Taurus,played an important role in peoples livesand you can find this exquisite animal in many mythological reports as well..Zeus used it as one of his manifestations and so did other gods!In the Minoan civilization a Taurus was worshiped,and used in their rituals as well but most important it was a symbol for a whole nation.You can find it in the walls of Knossos,in statues or painted in vases.This animal symbolizes beauty,will,and undisputed strength..So it was chosen"Kult of Taurus".

4. Have you received any label interest yet?

No,not yet...

5. Have you done any live shows and if so how would you describe a Kult Of Taurus show?

We have done only one live show,and to be honest from now on we've decided to play only selectiveshows as we have been dissappointed by the pathetic organisation,lack of respect to the bands as well asthe lack of communication within the bands so I wouldn't expect many live shows..

6. Are there any tour plans?

No,I think the above answer can answer this question as well.

7. What direction do you see the band going into on future releases?

I can surely tell you what kind of direction the band is NOT going into..Typical blastbeat,boring Darkthrone-clone riffs,trendy and shiny production and lack of inspiration or interest.!

8. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

Our lyrics are mostly based upon the Minoan civilization and mythology.We are fascinated by the mystery and darkness that surrounded these years.Rituals,sacrifices,wars,enslavement but yet incredi-ble power,wealth and spiritual evolution,the Minoans were so ahead of their time and that's the reason why the Minoan civilization is considered the first european civilization that ever existed..But lets face itBlack Metal goes hand in hand with satan,so we also see the evil and darkness that existed in that periodand we express that.Other than that our themes are anti-christian and against this form of life or enslavementif you will..We DO NOT deal with any kind of NS themes as it has nothing to do with Black metal!

9. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Musically First of all the almighty Bathory!Then Mayhem,Satyricon,Watain,Dissection,Khold and many more!Non-music wise:Death,satan(in all his forms),history,obscure photography and paintings,poetry and our hate towards life!

10. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

From the new releases I am listening to Glorior Belli,Katharsis,IXXI,Funeral Mist and 1349.Other than thatI am into old school thrash bands like OLD,Nekromantheion and Deathhammer.I would also recommend to checkout the latest release of Rotting Flesh from Hellas..a true occult Death..Black metal masterpiece!

11. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music or life?

Satanism and occultism hold the biggest role of interest in our lives.Once you have awaken you see the world with different eyes..But one must never stop searching and while searching you might not find very "nice"things,thats why not many dare to enter true satanism.Hail 218!

12. Are there any films or books that you would recommend?

Preaching never was or ever will be our style.What we would recommend is to search by yourselves and awaken
the black flame inside you!

13. Any final words?

Our Hails to all of our fans in America!Keep spreading the disease!

14. Thanks for the interview?

Thanks for the interview and the support. The kult has spoken!


Kult Of Taurus Once Fallen/2009 Album Review

Kult Of Taurus Are a band from Greece that plays a raw and primitive form of black metal with a lot of influences from the mid 80's to early 90's and this is a review of their 2009 album "Once Fallen".

Drums on this recording use a lot of slow to mid paced beats with the occasional blast beat, while the bass playing utilizes a dark tone throughout the album and it has a real dark sound.

Guitars on this album are mostly fast black metal rhythms that have a lot of influences from the early masters, and there is not any guitar leads, while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some deeper vocals that have a thrash feel.

Production on this recording sounds very primitive and dark which suits the music perfectly, while the lyrics seem to be very hateful and depressing with some anti christian themes. In my opinion this is a good album from a good band and this seems to have more of a classic black metal feel instead of sounding trendy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Viking Throne Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

During the year 2000 I (Count Nidhogg) had the will to create a black/viking metal band. Joined me the keyboardist Falksog and by the end 2001 we recorded the first Viking Throne's Demo CD, done with guest musicians. After many changes in the band's line up and around two years stopped (2006 and 2007), the band returned in the beginning of 2008, having as members only me at Vocals, Tyr - Guitars and Bass and Midgard - Keyboards, Vocals and Drums. At the moment we're the band's core and unique members.

2. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Nowadays our music is a mix of Viking and black metal. Sometimes it sounds like an epic sound track and sometimes extreme and full of hate, with epic and raw voices, it’s meticulously composed, so music and lyrics have the same feeling.

3. What releases have you put out so far?

In 2001 we released our first Demo CD "From the weak daylight to the almighty empire", in 2003 our second one "Strandhugg - The heart of the frozen throne".In 2008 we released two songs in a Swedish Metal Compilation CD, it was one track from our 2º Demo CD and a new version of an old song called "The Christian's Slayer". In the last year we signed with the Italian label Zero Effect Records and we're recording the stuff for our debut release, which will be titled "The hateflame still burns".

4. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

When the band started, our music was something like a raw black metal and with the passing of the years it became more elaborated. There is an expressive evolution from the first demo to the second. And with our debut CD it will be even clearer. Now we have clean and epic vocals joining the traditional raw ones and in some tracks we have more then hundred instrument tracks recorded, almost an orchestra.

5. How do your fans react to you being a pagan/viking metal band from South America as opposed to Europe?

We have support of much different kind of people, since traditional heavy metal bangers to true viking metal fans. Some people understand perfectly that it doesn't matter where you live, what's really important is your heritage and ancestry. Even living in a South American country as Brazil we all have European blood. My grandparents are from Germany, Portugal and Italy, even our guitarist Tyr has Portuguese citizenship. Other people disagree with this statement, and I think they should study and learn a little bit more about the European colonization in South America.

6. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?

We are planning to get some gigs in the Brazilian southern states and maybe Argentina right after the release of our debut album. We don't have any plans to gigs in US or Europe yet, but surely it's our goal in a near future!

7. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and which crowds would you say are the craziest or best?

On the road of these 8 years of band, we had few gigs due a lot of problems that we got with band's lineup, but I think that our best show was when we opened a gig of the Belgian band Iconoclasm.We have never played outside Brazil but I could say that here are some of the most fanatic and craziest metal fans around the world. Even major bands can say the same thing.

8. How would you describe the lyrical content of your music?

Some songs are about private visions of many different issues as for example the civilized world and a past of barbarism and so on. Other songs are about historic themes. Generally on these cases we perform a deep research about the chosen subject and then lyric is written. For example, in our next release, you'll find a song about the Germans against Romans Teutoburg battle, there'll be another about the Belgian chief Ambiorix and so on... We want to have content in our lyrics and not childish and meaningless blasphemies.

9. What are some of your main influences music wise or non music wise?

In the past we had many musical influences like Emperor, Graveland, Dimmu Borgir, Marduk and etc., but nowadays we try to copy nobody and I think that we're succeeding on have our own musical identity and personality.Out of music we have many influences, of course from historical books, mythology and also something from authors like Tolkien and Robert E. Howard.

10. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

Lately I have listened only to bands like Bathory, Einherjer, Falkenbach, Saxon and many old things. A band which got my attention and I'd recommend is one called Wulfgar. I listened to their album “With Gods and Legends Unite” and I thought it's really great.

11. What rule do the Norse Gods and Runes play in your music or life?

Norse paganism got a good part in our music, but not all, ‘cause I think if we do that we’d be restricting our horizon and losing the chance to speak about a lot of interesting things, like historical issues. We are not religious people, and I think that things are working well by this way. We’re not the kind of guys who sit and wait for gods gifts, we do everything by ourselves.

12. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?

The last movie I watched was Arn - The Knight Templar. I liked it, it's a good movie. Other movies that I could say I enjoy are Conan The Barbarian, The Curse of the Ring, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Germanus and some old school ones like 300 of Sparta, The fall of the Roman Empire, Clash of Titans, Krull, El Cid, Jason and the Argonauts and etc.I like to read books about mythology and history. The last books which I was reading were About the Spartan Civilization (an almost unknown book from a Brazilian hardcore Spartan researcher author) and Frederick The Great (from MacDonogh, Giles). Both of them are good books!

13. How would you describe the metal scene in Brazil and what are some good bands from your home country that you would recommend?

Brazilian metal scene is big and diverse. There are a lot of good bands as well as some bad ones too. Bands that I could recommend are Sarcofago which was reference to many black metal bands, Murder Rape, Darkest Hate Warfront and many others that I don’t remember now.

14. Any final words?

I’d like to thank you for opening this space to Viking Throne and for your support!Our divulgation channels are our myspace:, site: and our email: can find songs for download, pics, videos and merchandising. Thank you and everyone who support us! Best regards!---------------##----------------Thanks for your support man!

Best Regards,

Count Nidhogg


Nokturnicon Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Nokturnicon was conjured up on All Hallows Eve. of 2008 when I decided to put my former project Khaosicon in the ground due to my style developing into more of a Black guitarist and my whole passion for music being driven by The Left Hand Path.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

The Sound of Nokturnicon is a very atmospheric and moody type of sound or at least from what I interpret it as.I don't know how would you describe it?

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

It means Book of Night.To me it symbolizes embracing The Darkness and everything that those god fearing xtians muslims and jews program us to fear and plus the fact that it is a very magickal name containing Eleven letters being the number of the Great Work complete.

4. When can we expect a full length?

Sometime within the winter of 2009 is The Goal of Nokturnicon

5. Have you received any label interest yet?

Well We haven't had any offers thus far but some promo would be nice when the time is right.

6. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

I would describe Nokturnicons Lyrical content as very dark with Anti-Religious views

7. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

First and foremost My Will,my emotions,my distaste for humanity and all of the poison they try to inject into our minds to make us conform.Musically I would have to say The Norwegian black Metal namely Gorgoroth,Satyricon,Mayhem,Khold,and Emperor

8. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some new bands or releases that you would you recommend?

Currently I am listening to a lot of Carpathian Forest,Dark Funeral,Darkthrone just to name a few.Now as far as New Bands Check out Mirrorthrone and Imperial Conquest both of these bands are epic as Hell.

9. What rule does Satanism or Occultism play in your music or life?

Well it plays a large role in my Music and Life as I have practiced the Black Arts for almost twenty years now.I more so practice my ritual through my music these days of course I still observe all of The Grand Sabbaths and tend to write on those days.

10. What are some films or books that you would recommend?

Not one for a lot of Films but I see the Kymatica film which is interesting to say the least.Now as far as books are concerned The Black Book of Satan I-III is a good read as well as the demonic bible.Any good Reads that you could recommend to me?

11. How would you describe the black metal scene in Florida?

I would have to say in this area not much of a scene here as far as Black Metal is concerned

12. Any final words?

Check out Nokturnicon on and Support your Local Black Metal Scene!!!

13, Thanks for the interview?

No Problem and Thank you for giving me this time as it is an honor

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Nekrofrost Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

I started this all about 5 years ago Playing (or attempting to) raw, fast, antichristian black metal.Basically making a pathetic mixture of early celtic frost, bathory, and burzum. I never really gave anything much effort at the time. Everything was done in one take with a tape recorder and later a four track. I was, for the most part, fueled by hatred for anything i wanted to hate. I was trying to do anything i could to piss people off. I did, at one time have a live line up, but that melted due to the fact that people are all dumb asses and no one can understand my visions. There has been about 20 ex session members, But most of them i've never given any credit to on any archive do to the fact that they never did anything. For a long time i disowned my early stuff because of how poor it was. But now i just look at the early demos and such as a mirror into what Nekrofrost is now, and will be in the future.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you

Down Tempo, Atmospheric, Negative, Anti Cosmic Metal. Someone was telling me the other day that i'm a mix between Burzum and later Bathory. I don't really see it. But i guess others do.

3. What releases have you put out so far?

About 10 demos, a couple splits, One of which i need to release soon. 2 full lengths, And about 4 compilations.

4. I know that certain band members have or had other projects, can you tell us who they are?

The lineup has changed since you first sent me these questions. I removed Bifrons, because i needed someone who could just drop whatever and do what needs to be done. Chris couldn't do that.
So I have brought back the first drummer,Nebel from Ravensbruck and Dor Daedeloth. He's allot less wimpy than all the past members. I never really removed him from the lineup. He was busy with Dor Daedeloth for a long time, and i brought in Bifrons. Well this all has changed. Nebel is back and Nekrofrost will become what it's supposed to become. The live lineup consists of Punks. But there really is no Image to Nekrofrost, so its not like it matters.

5. I know the band started out as a national socailist band, does ns still play a role in the music?

It didn't really start out as an NS band. Like i said above, i was doing anything i could to offend people. Now i've matured very much and the Nazi thing came during a time when i wasnt exactly sure what direction I wanted to move Nekrofrost in. I do share many beliefs with National Socialists, but I'm not a racist, I am white, i'm proud to be white but i don't want that to infest my music anymore because it's simply a small portion of who i am.

6. The past tracks I heard were instrumental what made you decide to have vocals?

Those songs where not fit to have vocals. When i was in my studio doing those songs, my original plan was to have vocals. However when i went to do them, there was no place for them. So i
decided to keep them instrumental. This was during the time when i was just switching from raw black metal recordings to more polished songs. When i started doing vocals again, i was more experienced and i knew more of what i was doing.

7. What is the meaining behind the name Nekrofrost?

Being Frozen To Death. As you know, Nekrofrost started out as a traditional raw black metal project. When i left that behind me, i considered changing the name. But i decided to keep it do to the fact that i was finally getting attention that most band's were not getting. I didn't want to start over again. And I still think that the name fits. People who don't have any idea who i am will probably hear the name "Nekrofrost" and immediately think "black metal" however,if one is a follower of my work then they should understand that it is not black metal. I even removed black metal from the genres on the Myspace page. I now have it as "Metal/Ambient" there's really nothing black about it. I think of black metal being bands like Marduk and Archgoat. I am nothing at all like these bands. I consider my music to be far more Doom than Black. Not funeral doom, But during the recent recordings i was
listening to allot of Candlemass and Electric Wizard.

8. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

I'm not Raw Black Metal Anymore. I still try to keep a raw edge to my music (i.e. not polishing all the tracks) bu ti use far more professional equipment than i did when i first started.There was a really awkward era during the transition from Black Metal to Whatever you would refer to Nekrofrost as now. When i first decided i was going to change my sound there where many really a mature recordings. Because i was just an idiot who was used to using minimalist recording equipment going into the higher quality stuff. I am just now getting to the point where i know exactly what i'm doing. While most bands making similar music to mine have been doing this far longer than I.

9. How would you describe the lyrical content for the music?

Subliminal, Negative, and Slightly Satanic.

10. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Musically, Beherit is probably my biggest influence. Inquisition, and i have a strange fixation with Celtic Frost's"monothiest" album. Non Musically, Negativity, Nightmares, And the non realistic life i live. oh and, DRUGS

11. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

If i told you that i would have to kill you....haha. I have lost interest in other black metal bands for the most part. Anyone that really knows me knows that i am the furthest thing from black metal. I wear makeup, Not the corpse paint kind and i worship this band called the Guttersluts. I still love some extreme metal bands though. I hate to sound emo or anything, but i am far too depressed to continue listening to the same shit the other guys are. If i listened to nothing but music like Lifelover,i would saw my head off.

12. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music and life?

A good friend of mine turned me onto the Occult works of Micheal W. Ford (Black Funeral) And a fellow band mate of mine from another Black Metal band i play guitar in has taught me allot of
stuff. And life is finally starting to make sense.I was an atheist my whole life, besides early childhood when i grew up as a christian. I tried Paganism, LaVey satanism,pretty much every religion that in my eyes at the time didn't suck. And nothing clicked. Orthodox Satanism Did. As i have mentioned. There are many subliminal messages in my music. Many of which pay homage to Satan.

13. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?

I Am A B-Movie Horror FREAK! The time i don't spend recording or giving my time to my girlfriend, i'm online trying to find the most fucked up movies i can. Most modern horror films suck, well the ones you hear about do. I grew up watching 80's slasher flicks. It wasn't until about a year ago that i got into modern horror stuff. Mum & Dad, Nekromantik 1&2,30 Days Of Night, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls, Clownhouse (that was 1989, STILL GOOD!), i could go on forever really.
Lets see, books, Anything by Micheal W. Ford, Just finished Mein Kampf,The Dirt (motley crue bibliography), The Heroin Diaries,I'm not much of a book worm as i used to be. I'm far too busy fucking up my health

14. What is your opinion on the black metal scene in the Rocky Mountain area?

I never really payed attention to it. As you probably know, Colorado has the worst metal scene in the world. Fuck, i was at A Toxic Holocaust/Napalm Death show about 3 weeks ago, i was one of
maybe 3 guys who had long hair. I still need to check out allot of those bands you told me about. So far the only rocky mountain Occult black metal band i've heard besides my own is Nightbringer.

15. Any final words?

Do Lots Of Drugs. Destroy Your Lives. And give me thou first born child.

16. Thanks for the interview

Not a problem, Good to see i'm not alone in this god awful state when it
comes to real music!

Exetheris Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

It all started in late 2004, there have been many ups and downs since then but the banners of victory have always been held high. Some labels and other individuals have fought Exetheris, but there have also been many supporters around - the ones who seek or have found the Black Light. He who walks the path of solitude will never cease to achieve glory, the goal has always been to secure defeat of our enemies and unveil the cosmos.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
A generic description would be close to "Black/Death Metal and Ambient". Let's not forget the meaningful poetry behind the sound too, as well as what "Ambient" stands for. This is about the riffage style as well as short passages that give some space for the sound to breath. The real Satanic legacy is at hand, drink our art!

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
Exetheris is a triple word with many senses that has it's origins in the ancient greek and latin languages. It has been forged this way so the spiritually rich will understand it and reveal it's power, while others will be urged to seek the gnosis that remains hidden to the common eyes. "Ex" stands for ex, the one who used to be or exist somewhere, someone who has left a place or a situation. "Ether" stands for the air, a mist and energy surrounding a deity, heaven. "Is" stands for the conclusion of the aforementioned meanings, and gives all of the above characteristics to a male figure. All in all, the name can be translated as "fallen" or as "the one with the essence of god", or the "expelled" and so on... Why a triple word? Have you forgotten our Lord Trigrammaton, the three lettered opposer. What would be better than to further spread His name... in all occasions.

4. What releases have you put out so far?

Two demos in 2005, 1 demo in 2007. Three split releases in 2006, 1 split in 2009. A debut full length album CD in 2008. A split with Goat Phallus on CD, limited to 500 will be out soon...

5. What direction do you see the music going into during the future?

The goal is the same, it has not been bad so far so why change the direction. Every new release of Exetheris is a journey of the Dragon as He entwines the cosmos, even more tight every time. Such events will be manifested musically. I do not seek to reproduce my sounds or the sounds of other people, so you actually never know what will follow for sure...

6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?

It has been good, there has been some kind of progression in the sense of playing since I never took any lessons. But just because I seek to express the spirit, the technical matters have never been a problem. It is strange how Exetheris has always been not really a sound to bang to or feel hypered... but essentially this is a trip, this is a sound experience that can make you more rich in the mind, or understand many things that surround you and possibly even change the way one accepts music and perceives the cosmos...

7. Have you received any label interest yet?

Many labels have been interested but most of them are not really serious, it's rare to find people that understand what you are about and are okay to co-operate with.

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

I like to see things in the dissonant way, the eccentric one.. so Exetheris is a unique entity!Nevertheless, musically and ideologically I'd mention bands like Mutiilation, Watain, Archgoat, Deathspell Omega, Portal, Funeral Mist, Dom Dracul, Heresi, Ondskapt, Antaeus, Rex Mundi, KTHRSS, Revenge and so on...Non musically I rely on books - original religious texts and perhaps some bizarre visualizations...

9. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

Latelly I am listening a lot to Absurd (get their last best of rerecorded full length!), Arkona, Temnozor (get their last album!), Varyag (Good debut), Drudkh, Archgoat, the new Beherit, Walknut, Revenge, Morbosidad (R.I.P. drummer), mgla... I am looking forward to the new Katharsis album as well...

10. What rule does Satanism or Occultism play in your music and life?

A most important one, there can be no Black Metal without StN. Many people find it strange how the occult can effect a person's generic life but they only know so little... It's a way to see the cosmos, it is simply incredible how one can change many things, manage to play with people's minds and so on. This is actually like reaching a new level, the only problem is "how low" one must get in order to reach that high... A day will dawn when we will craft and shape the cosmos in orderlessness and lawlessness, only then shall we dive into our graves like sharks in the sea - full of confidence and with a feeling of fullness.

11. Are there any good films or books that you would recommend?

Books: The Holy Bible, Torah, Quran, your governments newspaper and their Constitution...Films: Philosophy of a Knife, Stalker, Holy Mountain...

12. How would you compare your sound to the classic black metal bands in Greece?

I don't find any connection or similarity, I'm not into the greek sounds of the past even though I respect them because back then at least they were original and unique, unlike nowadays!

13. Any final words?Observe how rapidly everything changes around you, all that we have ever loved is decaying but the worst parts are yet to come... Xaire Xaos.

14. Thanks for the interview?

Thanks for the support,
218 - AMSG

Exethersis-Cease And Repent Promo/2009 Review

Exetheris are a 1 man band from Greece that I would describe as Anti-Christian Satanic black metal in the classic Greek style and this is a review of their 2009 demo "Cease And Repent".

Drums are mostly fast with a lot of blast beats and they slow down at times to give the music a darker edge, while the bass playing utilizes a dark and heavy tone that has a classic black/death feel that brings back memories of the early 90's before Norway took over.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast riffs that contain  a lot of heaviness mixed with quite a bit of darkness and there are some slower riffs that gives the music a lot more variety, and there are no leads on this recording.

Vocals sound very ritualistic and satanic with a lot of deep death metal grows mixed with some high pitched black metal screams and at times the vocals utilize a raspy edge which keeps the music away from being one dimensional, as for the production on this demo the sound comes out very well and you can hear all of the musical instruments.

Lyrics on this album contain a lot of anti christian/Catholicism themes mixed with a very theistic form of Satan that would of made Anton LaVey die of a heart attack if he was still alive to hear this recording.

In my opinion this is a very good demo and it has an original sound that probably would not appeal to trendy black metal fans but I do feel fans of classic Satanic black metal would enjoy this release and this is probably some of the darkest black metal I have heard in years. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Wolves Of Hate Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
Wolves of Hate was started as a side project while I was the vocalist for And Hell Followed. I've always been into Norse mythology/culture and war. So I started jamming with longtime friend Rodd Hamann, just to see what would happen and the songs came together nicely. We recruited Scott Schultz, from And Hell Followed as well, to play bass. We recorded 'Battle Hymns and War Songs,' sent it to a few places, got a few offers to release it and released it through Iron Age Records from the UK, which were my first choice to begin with.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Very straight forward black/death metal, with kind of an old school mid paced vibe, with lyrics about battle, victory, brotherhood and blood-stained snow covered battlefields.

3. I know some of the members were in And Hell Followed, what made you decide to break up And Hell Followed and concentrate more on Wolves Of Hate?
That wasn't up to me or AHF drummer Stephen, that was all Derek, our guitar player. I don't want to go into it to much, but things were never better for And Hell Followed, we had finished recording or 2nd CD, which will sadly probably never see the light of day, and everything was great. Derek decides to quit to focus on playing session bass for Satan's Host. Wolves of Hate wasn't meant to replace AHF, just be a studio project I did on the side. But it is now my main project.

4. When can we expect shows in the Rocky Mountain area?
Maybe in the future, we don't have a full time drummer, but we are working with David from Acheronian Dirge on the next album. We are looking for a drummer a little closer to home for a live situation. We really want to do it eventually though.

5. Are there any plans for a tour?
Again, at the moment no, without a full time drummer or live situation is what it is. We all have families as well, so long periods of travel can be tricky. There was talk of possibly going to Europe from the label at sometime, but we'll just have to wait and see.

6. When can we expect new material?
We are planning on recording our 2nd album in the summer. So it should be released late this year or early next.

7. How would you describe the musical progress of the band over the years?
It's defiantly getting more epic/folkish. Still keeping the 'black/death' roots, but expanding to incorporate more influences like folk and doom stuff. I want to explore many other types of music as well and integrate them. We have been talking about possibly doing an acoustic ep with songs based on the Norse Sagas. I hope it continues to evolve into whatever direction it takes us.

8. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?
Other than basic black and death metal I have been listening to a fair amount of doom type stuff and a lot of 'black-n-roll' type stuff as well. Watain, Black Anvil, Carpathian Forrest, The Gates of Slumber, Book of Black Earth, High on Fire, The Sword, Moonspell, ect.

9. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
Musically Bathory is a huge influence, both black and viking periods. Others include Marduk, Behemoth, Unleashed, Danzig, Summoning, Immortal, Motorhead, Amon Amarth, Tyr, Graveland, Destroyer 666, ect.Non music would be Conan stories, the Norse Sagas, Tolkien, the art of Frank Frazetta, and human nature, and by that I mean war being the true state of man.

10. What role do the Norse Gods or Runes play in the bands music or life?
We have definitely  been using more and more references to the Gods in the newer stuff and will probably be using even more mythology in the future. I see the Gods as arch types of human nature and potential. We use runes a lot in the art work as well, although we do have to be careful as to which we use as some are allowed to be published in parts of Europe because they were used by the third reich. We actually had to change the original cover for 'Battle Hymns and War Songs,' because it contained the Othala rune.

11. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?
Old Robert E. Howard Conan stories and The first Conan movie, Lord of the Rings, 13th Warrior, The Icelandic Sagas, Lords of Chaos.

12. How would you compare the metal scene from The Fort Collins/Cheyenne, Wyoming area to Denver or Colorado Springs and what are some good bands from that area?
Here in the Northeastern part of the state there is little to no black or death bands. Whereas in Denver you have a handful. Its hard to find people around here who like or want to play this type of music. Good bands from Colorado in general are Acheronian Dirge from Denver are fucking amazing and great guys, the best black metal in the state! Also Cobalt are actually from the smaller town where I live as well and they are amazing as well. David and Clay from Acheronian Dirge's viking doom side project Flight of Sleipnir is great as well. Deadspeak from Wyoming are a great metal band as well.

13. Any final words?
Thanks to those who have supported us this far, please check us out and add us at Look for new material towards the end of the year! HAIL!

14. Thanks for the interview?
Thank you.

PCYST Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
PCYST was formed a long while (1997) ago as an underground Noise Industrial project under its original name Polinoidal Cyst. It was a full band project ranging from anywhere to 3 to 7 members. Our music was dark, disturbed and overall with a mean spirit. Kind of a darker version of Throbbing Gristle. We separated in 2002 and the band folded for the most part. In early 2005 I, myself, brought the project back to life by shortening the name to PCYST (pronounced Syste) and turning the project
into symphonic Black Metal with some minor experimental influences.Since 2005, I have released 2 albums and many demos, eps, and splits. My most recent release was in February 2009. A ep called "From the Void".

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Powerful and very intense. Dark and vengeful.

3. What is the meaning behind the bands name?
Well, I have been asked this question many times by fans. The bands name, as I said earlier, comes from an original name Polinoidal Cyst, which basically is a hereditary medical condition. A cyst like pocket is formed at the base of ones spine. Usually an adult male. Operation of this is usually unsuccessful and one must live with this for the rest of their life. When I shortened the name to PCYST, the original meaning dissolved. What the band name means now is just something original and most likely not something to be duplicated. A lot of band names out there have been used over and over again or the names are just not original at all.

4. What releases have you put out so far?
Under the name of PCYST:Kingdom Misery demo (Oct. 2005)
5000 Years : A Tale of Ice ep (Oct. 2006)
BloodThrone album (March 2007)
The Calling ep (June 2007)
Melody Virus/PCYST split (Sep 2007)
A Wolfen Path ep (Oct 2007)
The Resting Place of Fallen Warriors ep (Dec. 2007)
Bestial Creation/PCYST split (May 2008)
RedFalls album (Sep 2008)From the Void ep (Feb 2009)

5. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
The lyrical content is strange to say the least. I suppose it is one of the few things I haven't changed since the old Industrial days. The lyrics are usually straight off the top of my head and don't take much planning. Of course, everything is written out but I don't research what I sing about. At least not usually. What I sing about is whatever I am feeling when I write. It could be anything from sadomasochism to telling stories of old pagan times. Usually the latter.

6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
Well, I have been trained in piano and I have been playing the keyboards for about 15 years now. Having said that, when I decided to write Black Metal back in 2005 the original concept for the sound was that of a Symphonic Thrash band. Although, the idea hasn't changed all that much my music is far more Symphonic now then it was 4 years ago. If anything the project has gotten far more vicious over the past 6 months then it has ever been.

7. When can we expect new material and what direction is the music going into during the future?
You will be able to expect new material fairly soon. I have decided to take my music to the next level and work with new musicians. Musicians from bands like Frozen Mist and possibly Funeral Dust. What this means is I will be leaving my own studio to work in a more professional one. Namely Capcomia Studio based in Pennsylvania, USA. As far as sound/direction, it will sound like PCYST revamped. More coherent but just as raw and intense as ever before.

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
Music wise it is no doubt bands such as Nokturnal Mortum and many others in that field of Black Metal. Non music wise probably from reading or studying subjects that interest me.

9. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases you would recommend?
Well, I am always listening to music in the underground. Frozen Mist is one amazing band. Others would be Black Wraith, Ancestral, Njiqahdda, Eliwagar, Fateless Tears, etc. I highly recommend these bands. But there are many others. All you have to do is look in the underground. You won't have a hard time finding great music.

10. Does Satanism or Occultism play a role in the music or life?
Satanism has never played a role in my music. Mainly because I just don't believe in it. There was a point a few years back when I had done a lot of research on the subject and honestly found it to be quite fascinating. But something about it never clicked with me. I don't believe in the Christian god as upon doing much research I found it to be quite bogus. I am not an agnostic or an atheist. My beliefs are more Pagan based and are a mix of several. This does play a strong role in my music now but not when the project was born.

11. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?
Anything from F. Paul Wilson, at least his early works. And to be honest I rather enjoy Clive Barker. His book The Great and Secret Show is one of the best reads ever. As far as film goes, I have a rather large collection of horror titles. Mostly films from the 70's and 80's. I like a good old fashioned slasher from time to time but I really enjoy the more safisticated titles. Movies like "The Church", "Prince of Darkness" are great as they usually shine a bad light on the Christian religion, which I always enjoy.

12. What is your opinion of the black metal scene in the U.S?
People bash it usually and I don't understand why. The underground scene out here is amazing and filled with some true talent. I think the people that bash the scene out here are usually arrogant and aren't willing to give us a chance. Having said that, I enjoy the underground Black Metal scene all over the world. There are some amazingly talented bands out there. All of which deserve a chance.

13. Any final words?
Thank you very much for the time and the interview. If we had more people like you that are willing to help/support the scene some of us wouldn't be struggling so hard. I have a full time job and I still put most of my time into the project and also taking the time to listen to other projects. All of us in the underground need to help support each

14.Thanks for the interview?
Thank you once again.

A Transylvanian Funeral Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

A Transylvanian Funeral began in March of 2008. Sojourner and I were in my studio playing guitars and came up with the song Asmoday Unbound, and it really took off from there...we wrote the 13 tracks that are on the album in roughly two months. Once there were three or four songs, I began passing out free demos at shows and record stores. Sometime when the album was ready to be released, Sojourner lost interest in working on the project and I have been doing everything myself, which is fine. I enjoy what I am doing and am not slowing down...relying on others slows me down.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

Aggressive. Violent. Dark. Evil. There is a lot of different influence in my work, especially thrash but I try to incorporate as much as I know into the music and lyrics. It is definitely not mall metal bullshit and it never will be. Someone asked me what the sound was like and started naming of all these bands like Disturbed and White Chapel and I had to explain to this person that those bands and A Transylvanian Funeral have nothing in common...I don't hate those bands, that would be a waste of my energy...I just don't care about them...I suppose a good definition would be that ATF is a vessel for the darkest aspects of my higher self to manifest...

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

The name A Transylvanian Funeral to me, means ritual and mystery. Every society has funeral customs, rituals and ways of doing things. Transylvania is meant to extend a sense of mystery to something that is familiar, such as a funeral. Ultimately, it is for the listener to decide.I think that the Transylvanian part of the name has a gothic sound to it or something and maybe that gives people the wrong idea of goth is the Sisters of Mercy or Skinny Puppy, not exactly black metal, but definitely something I enjoy more than some shit I've heard that is me, black metal is the most gothic music you could have...whatever that means...

4. What does black metal mean to you and what inspired you to play this kind of music?

I have no tolerance for commercial music and I wanted to get as far away from the way I was doing things as I could. I don't care to play live, I don't care to make the scene or any of that shit...all that does is take away from the song. I can record a song and it will outlive me and everyone I know where as I can play a show and maybe someone will remember it. Black metal is a way of doing things the way you want to do them without any regard for what other think. ATF is a vessel for my own creativity and not an outlet for scenes, clubs, promoters, etc.

5. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

The lyrics encompass things that interest me...occult and satanic perspective and knowledge. Some of them tell stories, some relay a feeling or message. I hope the listener is able to gather their own meanings from what I write about. My next release may not even have lyrics just to do something different and allow more interpretation from the audience. I really wanted the lyrics to be strong enough to stand on their own as a form of poetry as well.

6. What direction do you see the music going into on future releases?

I definitely want to incorporate more atmosphere and doom elements into my next release. I have a lot of good keyboard sounds but don't want to do the whole symphonic metal thing...I don't really care for that stuff...Keys would be used to add more atmosphere and gloom, not melody lines...I really wouldn't be using string sounds or anything...more along the lines of sound textures from sources like the ARP 2600.

7. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

I was on a compilation from the Zine Beyond the Dark Horizon with a couple bands that really impressed me such as Teutoburg Forest and Profundis Tenebaraum...Hod, Hydra, Bestial Holocaust, Mythology, Graves at Sea, Catacombs, RuneMagick, I could list a hundred or more!

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

I grew up on a lot of thrash...I didn't get into extreme stuff until a few years ago...I was always a big Morbid Angel fan. I was always into the darker stuff in life...I'm not really a negative person but I am dark and have dark interests...I never had any religion forced on me growing up and was lucky enough to be somewhat kept away from it. I read a lot and don't watch TV so I have a lot of time to be creative.

9. What role does Satanism, Left Hand Path and Occultism play in the music and life?

When I was a teenager and read LaVey, I was really intrigued to find something that I could relate to but as I get older, I have a lot less interest in Satanism...I am not a joiner of things, I am a fucking leader...I don't lean on others or seek acceptance...I don't need a social network of like-minded individuals to surround myself with...and honestly, that is all I see religion as. A good friend of mine is a Master Mason and talked to me a lot about joining but I never did and never will. Same with the Golden Dawn or other group magick networks...I don't really have the confidence in others to become a part of something like interest and influence for the occult is solitary and is based in the foundation of creativity...Creating music is my ritual...creating anything is a me there is no limit as to what an individual can do as long as the proper ritual is used...

10. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?

I read anything by Crowley that I can get my hands on even though I think of his work as Judeo-Christian...A lot of the books I have read say the same thing or have slight variances between the rituals but Crowley's work is so shrouded in mystery and code that it really leaves the reader wondering...which I think is extremely important...I don't really watch movies...I enjoy good visual works of art but never devote the time to a's just not my thing.

11. How would you describe the black metal scene in Indiana?

I wouldn't describe it. The only bands that I know of are Fog, Christ Beheaded, Hordes of Nebulah and A Transylvanian Funeral...I saw Fog live about ten years ago and they were great...there is a extreme metal fest coming up in Indianapolis in May I believe...I can't tell you who will be there other than Hod, from San Antonio...Like I said, earlier, I don't really care about the scene...I have played live in bands my whole life and don't care about it right now.

12. Any final words?

Thanks for the interview! I have shirts on the way...should be ready by May 1st, 2009 and you better hurry if you want a copy of the album...I have less than 20 left and when it gets reissued, there won't be a free button or sticker...There will also be new music on the way as soon as these shirts are done...thanks again and don't hesitate to send me a message!!!

13. Thanks for the interview

A Transylvanian Funeral/Self Titled/Third Eye Audio 2009

  A Transylvanian Funeral is a 1 man band from Indiana that plays a raw and primitive form of Satanic/Occult black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2009 album.

Drums on this recording are really fast with some blast beats mixed with a lot of primal aggression, while the bass playing which is kind of mixed down really low sounds dark and it is all rhythm with no bass leads but it still has a dark tone that gives the music a really evil edge.

Guitars on this evil recording are mostly fast rhythms that contain a lot of old school influences that bring back memories of the forefathers of black metal and there is a lot of cacthiness in the guitars which is something that is missing in a lot of modern black metal there are some slow depressing riffs used on occasion which gives the music an original sound instead of jumping on the trend bandwagon.

Vocals seem to have a war metal edge to them even though I would not really classify this band as being that style and there are some high pitched black metal screams as well, as for the production on this recording it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the instruments.

Lyrics on this recording cover al ot of ground on the metaphysical side there are songs about Pwcca a demon from Wales that is kind of like their Satan in their demonology, Asmoday a grand duke from the lesser keys of Solomon and also a driving force behind this zine, astral projection, wars between black magickans, and some other left hand topics, the lyrics seem to be very straightforward and I would like to see them expand on future releases from this band.

In my opinion this is a really good release and I am looking forward to future releases from this group, if you are a fan of old school black metal with a modern edge I would advise picking up this album and so far this is the best release of 2009. Standout tracks include "Asmoday Unbound" "Hammer of the Witch" " Lunacy" and "Way of the Magi". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Adar Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of your project?

1. Adar started basically as a side project. I was in another band for 3-4 years. It was my first band so i was pretty naive and rushed into it putting forth a huge effort. Due to lack of effort from the other members and lack of ability to put ourselves out there it didn't go anywhere. So from the ashes of that band i formed Adar. I decided that if i did it all myself (at least in the beginning) than it would be easier and funner. So i for about 3 weeks in january 09' I wrote and recorded the Adar Demo. And ever since ive been promoting the band, and i need new members to take this band to the next level.

2. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

2.I would definitely describe my music as an extreme (obviously). But not only because of the blasting drums and blazing guitars, but because it takes the listener through the extremes of human emotions. From extreme rage, to deep despair and great triumph.

3. What releases have you put out so far?

3. The only Adar release is the demo; dark reflections. It is being sold by Mountain Drought Distto or can be downloaded from my myspace. Im in the process of writing new material.

4. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

4. Adar is taken from the necronomicon. "The god of saturn is called Adar, The lord of Hunters and Strength, He appears with a crown of thorns and a long sword, wearing a lion's skin. His color is the darkest Black." I read that and i thought it was one of the most black metal things ever so i made it my band name.

5. What was it that got you into black metal, and what does black metal mean to you?

5. I really just got into black metal as a natural progression from interest in extreme music. Like from Thrash to death to black is how it went for me. But if i had to name one band i would probably say behemoth. Now at this point they really arent black metal but their old stuff is, so as i got more into them i discovered the early records and ive been hooked to black metal ever since.AS far as what black metal means to me, it is quite simple, black metal represents isolation. Isolation from society, and from the beliefs, ideals and culture of the masses. This isolation creates a disdain for what popular culture is. The lyrical content of Satanism, nature, violence, and pagan traditions, are nearly opposite from what is accepted in the mass population. And as far as the music goes, unpolished production, screeching vocals, and blasting instrumentals, are far from what most people like listening to. But that is what makes black metal such a profound musical expression, it is a pure, raw, carnal representation of isolation and the emotion that goes along with it.

6. What are you looking for in a musician and what do you want to achieve as a full band?

6.For musicians im am looking for people who want and are able to play extreme music. They must really have a passion for playing and creating music. In addition they must have real commitment and drive. Im going to Csu fort collins next year so that might be an obstacle for some people but we could make something work.

7. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

7. Im really into the new Abigail Williams album right now. But i would also recommend Taake, Ragnarok, Satyricon, Deafest, Cynd, Cobalt, Watain ,and Wolves in the Throne Room.

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

8. My main influences are any of my interests because adar is just an expression of myself. Some are, old horror movies, H.P. Lovecraft, history, mythology, religion ( or should i say anti-religion), Black Metal (obviously), and all other types of metal,(and other music)

9.What rule does satanism or occultism play in the music and life?

9.Satanism and occultism definitely has some ties to my music. But i wouldn't call myself and avid follower or practitioner of either. But i do derive some of my ideals and philosophies from them, which are portrayed through my music.

10. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?

10. As far as books go H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean Paul Sartre, etc. And For movies, Any old Horror movies, all chris farley movies, Watchmen, donnie darko, a clockwork orange, warriors, gran torino, too many to name.

11. What is your opinion of the music scene in Colorado?

11. Well im still just getting introduced to the music scene in colorado but so far it seems pretty cool. I mean there are some people that will just blow you off but thats a given anywhere you go. The guys at mountain drought distro have been very cool, and chase from deafest especially has been super helpful with the whole process. It's really cool to have something i made in my bedroom to be getting any recognition at all. Im really excited to see what happens next.

12. Any final words?

12. I just wanna say thanx for the opportunity and keep on carrying the black metal flag!!

13.Thanks for the interview?

Thanx Ethan from Adar