Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gvnnerskunt/Self Titled/Satanic Overdose/2014 Full Length Review

  Gvnnerskunt  are  a  1  man  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw,  necro  and  noisy  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  title d 2014  album  which  was  released  by  Satanic  Overdose.

  A  very  noisy  and  distorted  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  drum  programming  and  very  fast  and  raw  riffing  which  has  a  more  sloppy  and  lo-fi  feeling  to  it  which  also  adds  to  the  necro  and  blasphemous  feeling  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  bestial  black  metal  elements  throughout  the  tracks  but  with  a  more  noisy  feeling  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  also  being  a  bit  more  closer  to  a  pure  black  metal  sound  and  the  programmed  drums  also  bring quite  a  bit  of  blast  beats  into  the  tracks  that  are  presented  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  with  the  longest  one  only  being  a  little  over  2  minutes  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  necro  black  metal  style.

  Gvnnerskunt  creates  some  heavy  raw,  necro,  bestial  and  noisy   satanic  black  metal  with  his  music  as  well  as  sticking  to  a  very fast  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  primitive  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gvnnerskunt  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  necro,  bestial  and  noisy  satanic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rodt  Er  Blod"  "Satanisk  Djevelen  Gris"  "Lucifer  Drept  Sin  Ufodte  Barn"  and  "Satanic  Devil  Pig".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Laracna Interview

1.                For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Laracna is a Black Metal band from the west of Paraná state in south of Brazil. An old school black metal band, similar to first wave acts. Released two demos from its birth in 2009 to present.2.So far you have released 2 demos, can you tell us a little bit about about the musical direction both recordings have taken and also how do they differ from each other?

The first demo was recorded with a different vocalist, who did the sound engineering and programmed the drum machine. At the time has the first experience in a studio recording, so I tried to find how the things work and see the 
result. The outcome has a very poor, horrible performance from the vocalist and the mixing of the demo. So, I decided to dismiss him, work by myself and re-record the songs from the first demo with a new vocalist. The main conception for the second demo has the most primitive and essential kind of extreme music, straight the point. As a composerI am always very self-critical to my workand I tried to find the right riffs that would bring what I felt at the time; looking for originality and essence of this kind of music.

3.Your lyrics cover Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion?

When I wrote the lyrics I always thought to a philosophical way to broach religion/theistic themes.  In the demo, I tried to link the monotheistic religions to Platonic conception of Idealism. Well, Platonic thought have a strong perspective of Idealism, especially in Euthydemus, Meno and The Republic (not in all Platonic work, Timaeus is an exemple), and this kind of tradition configures not only the Christian perspective, but the occidental world. The hatred that we can found in the lyrics is not only a critical of Monotheist perspective or other kinds of religions, but an Idealistic thought that is present in many things, to be an inherent part of Western logical thought and history. The main idea has to the listenerthought about this perceptive and interprets by himself. 
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Laranca'?

Laracna means Shelob in Portuguese, the giant spider of The Lord of the Rings by  J.R.R. Tolkien. I choose that because it’s name with a strong meaning and can represent the sound of the band.

5.According to the metal archives page the band is on hold, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
In 2012, after I recorded the demo Laracna, I began to work in new songs for an EP, but I had a lot of work in the University at the time; the vocalist doesn’t show interest for the band and I don’t found a drummer. So, I decided to split-up for a time to clear the head and work in some personal/professional problems. I still don’t have date to work again in music, maybe in future.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?No, the band never did a live show, I never found a drummer in my region for the work. I work strictly in my home studio since 2011.  

7.On the recent demo you did a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist" what was the decision behind doing your own version of this legendary track?
I always liked to play some covers, so I asked my friend Vizjerei Efreet to sing in a song of the demo and we choose Antichrist. Old Sepultura was a big influence to me and this song was perfect for the demo sonority.

8.Currently you are unsigned, have you received any label interest in the past?
No, the band never received real interest of a label. I never had contact with people that work in the scene or labels. Contacts are much more important than material with quality for labels and live shows, and I'm sure this is the big factor at this point.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Low, I don’t receive opinions from reviews, material or contacts. I have some contact with people in Paraná state, this one have a good feedback.
10. Are you involved with any other musical projects these days?
No, I have an Electronic/Noise project called Katrasis, but is stagnant about two years.

11.Where would you like to see this band heading into musically during the future?
Try to improve the sound quality using a real drum, more complexity in musical structure, use of different tones and perspectives.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It is a very difficult question to answer. In past I listened more Extreme Metal, Old Thrash, Black and classic Heavy Metal. But I never stayed listening only one genre, I tried to understand the characteristics of each style of music to learn how to appreciate and criticize stuff. So, I listen to Extreme music as to traditional southern Brazilian music and experimental like Stockhausen and Xenakis.
Nowadays is hard to tell, depends on the mood and time. This week, for example, I had listened to Bathory, Thy Light and Renato Borghetti.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a Bachelor's degree in History, so of course I'm have interest in this area. Philosophy, Philology, Mechanics, Physics, Literature, et cetera. I always try to 
learn different areas of knowledge. 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I like to thank you for the review and the interview. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Humut Tabal/The Dark Emperor Ov The Shadow Realm/2014 CD Review

  Humut  Tabal  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "The  Dark  Emperor  Ov  The  Shadow  Realm"  which  will  be  released  in  June  of  2014.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  blast  beats  while  also  adding  in  guitar  leads  and  keeping  the  melody  around  which  leads  up  to  the  grim  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  band  utilizes  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  adds  in  thrash  metal  elements  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  they  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments  and  mix  in  some  technical  and  progressive  playing  into  black  metal  without  losing  any  of  the  heaviness  or  rawness  this  genre  creates.

  On  the  later  songs  death metal  elements  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  their  musical  sound  and  there  are  also  synths  being  utilized  briefly  in  some  of  the  songs  and  they  bring  a  more  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  feeling  to  the  tracks  that  they  are  presented  on  as  well  as  addign  a  psychedelic  feeling  to  one  of  the  later  tunes  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing   finds  its  way  onto  on  of  the  songs  and  enhances  the  experimental  feeling  this  band  creates  with  its  musical  style  as  well  as  adding  in  small  amounts  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  vocal  wise  is  on  the  more  black  metal  side  of  things.

  Humut  Tabal  create  a  very  original  occult  black  metal  sound  with  this  album  keeping  the  rawness,  heaviness  and  melody  of  the  genre  while  also  experimenting  quite  a  bit  with  their  sound  as  well  as  showing  some  talented  and  skilled  playing  that  is  very  rare  in  this  genre,  the  productions  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  concept  revolving  around  a  misanthrope  in  a  past-apocalyptic  wasteland  who  experiments  with  established  occult  practices  before  looking  solely  inward  and  transcending  the  physical  and  spiritual  bonds  of  the  world  and  human  perception.

  In  my  opinion  Humut  Tabal  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The  Boundless  Land  Ov  Death"  "Alone,  In  Purest  Silence"  and  "In  The  Shade  Ov  Lord  Satan's  Wings".  8  out  of  10.


Goats Of Doom/Ashes From The Past/Ewiges Eis Records/2014 EP Review

  Goats  Of  Doom  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Ashes  From  The  Past"  which  was  released  by  Ewiges  Eis  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  bass  lines  and  atmospheric  synths  which  lead  up  to  some  blast  beats  and  melodies  before  adding  in  the  grim  vocals  and  screams  and  then  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  mid  paced  and  slow  parts  while  also  having  its  fast  moments  at  times.

  Deeper  vocals  are  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  death  metal  feeling,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  dark,  melodic  and  occult  elements  of  the  recording,  the blast  beats  on  the  second  and  third  track  bring  a  very  brutal  feeling  to  their  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  the  last  track  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  clean  parts  which  also  enhance  the  atmospheric  of  the  music  as  well  as  adding  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  ep.

  Goats  Of  Doom  create  some  truly  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  with  their  music  which  also  gets  experimental  at  times  and  I  am  interested  to  hear  where  the  band  will  evolve  into  in  the  future,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  Thelema,  Lovecraft,  Misanthropy  and  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  Goats  Of  Doom  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  atmospheric  and  experimental  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lord  Of  the  Flies".  8/5  out  of  10. Scaregod Scaregod

Verbum Verus/Melkiresha/Daemon Worship Productions/2012 CD Review

  Verbum  Verus  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Melkiresha"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  the  music  having  a  blackened  doom  feeling  to  it  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim  vocals  and  screams  which  also  have  a  melodic  tone  to  them  at  times  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  really  starts  going  for  a  more  mid  paced  black  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  having  a  more  raw  feeling  to  it  while  the  band  is  a  lot  more  than  that  style  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  blast  beats  being  utilized  when  the  time  calls  for  it  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  black  metal  screams  start  having  a  more  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  songs  have  a  very  dark  and  orthodox  satanic  black  metal  sound  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  added  on  one  of  the  songs  and  gives  the  music  a  dark  dark  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  last  song  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  sounds and  calls  up  the  infernal  names.

  Verbum  Verus  create  some  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  satanic  occult  black  metal  with  their  music  showing  how  black  metal  should  really  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Verbum  Verus  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fourth  Kingdom"  and  "Primula  Signis".  8/5  out  of  10.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Wrong/Pessimistic Outcomes/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review

  Wrong  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Pessimistic  Outcomes"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Avant  garde  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  you  can  hear  the  voices  of  human  torture  which  leads  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  depressive  black  metal direction  along  with  some  suicidal  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  dark  atmospheric  sound  in  the  background  at  times.

  When  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  in  the  album  they  give  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  grim  as  times goes  on  by  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  utilize  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  in  their  song  structures.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  a  more  poetic  feeling  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  and  on  of  the  later  tracks  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  band  also  brings  in  small  elements  of  post  rock  while  black  metal  is  always  the  main  dominant  factor  of  the  recording.

  Wrong  create  a  very  negative  and  pessimistic  approach  to  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  with  this  album  and  the  songs  on  the  recording  are  a  perfect  example  of  what  depressive  black  metal  should  sound  like,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  negative,  hateful  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Wrong  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "His  Hatred  Breathes"  and  "Dragging  My  Soul  Until  the  Sunset".  8/5  out  of  10.

Charming Tmur/A Brief Moment Of Existence/2014 CD Review

  Charming  Timur  are  a  one  band  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge,  alternative  and  nu  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "A  Brief  Moment  Of  Existence".

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  alternative  metal  style  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  post  rock  melodies  being  utilized  in  the  background  which  are  also  added  into  the  solos  and  leads  on  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  nu  metal  find  their  way  onto  the  album  and   experimental  sounds  and  clean  singing  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  album  a  more  avant  garde  feeling  and  the  music  also  starts  adding  in  heavy  doom  and  sludge  metal  parts  with  the  more  melodic  side  of  the  music  that  is  presented  on  the  tracks.

  There  are  also  a  good  amount  of  industrial  elements  being  utilized  on  the  album  at  times  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  harsh  noises  and  the  vocals  also  start  to  get  more  deep  and  depressive  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  traces  of  ambient  drone  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  post  rock  and  shoegaze  sounds.

  Charming  Timur  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  style  in  his  music  while  the  main  influence  is  black  metal  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  sludge,  nu  metal,  alternative  and  post  rock  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  which  also  makes  the  music  sound  very  original  and  satand  out  on  its  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  doe  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Charming  Timur  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  post  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "OCD"  "My  Pain"  "Ego  Machine"  and  "All  The  Same".  8  out  of  10.


Elysium Interview

1.Can you give us an introduction to your self and your musical projects?

Well, first of all I’m from Argentina. I’ve played metal for almost 8 years now, although I had the chance to start recording all my music and playing live gigs just a few years ago. Most of the music in all my projects and the bands I have been part of are really old and there are also a lot of ideas that haven’t been recorded yet that were composed when I started to play including pure death metal songs and also ambient/intrumental music.

2.You have 2 solo projects and one full time band, what are the musical styles you play with all 3 projects and also how do they differ from each other?

The oldest one, which is Elysium, is Black metal with a melodic approach to it although I don’t consider it to be “Melodic black metal” but some people like to call it that way. The bands I consider to be a main influence for this project are: In aeternum, Naglfar, Satanic warmaster, Horna, Angantyr, Gorgoroth, Taake and Idjarn.
On the other hand Shemhamforash is oriented to a much more brutal and dark kind of Black metal, mainly influenced by: Funeral Mist, Marduk, Katharsis, Mayhem, Watain, Profanatica, Deicide and Teitanblood. There are also a lot of ambient songs which I have composed exclusively for this project that add a lot of darkness to the whole concept.
Finally, Spiritual Desecration, the band I’m part of as guitarist, plays a style we like to call “Black Death Metal Profanation” and it’s influenced by the old Sepultura albums, Sarcófago, Von, Morbid angel, Mayhem, Emperor, Venom and many other bands. It has a lot of different rhythms and tempos so it’s different from my other projects because its sound is a mix between brutal death metal and the most primitive black metal with very little melody. I’ve also made a few ambient tracks for Spiritual Desecration

3.With Elysium your lyrics cover ancient cultures, mythology and lost continents, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Well, I have to say that I try to concentrate my lyrics on mythology, ancient cultures (for me “lost continents” are included within both of those subjects) and also myths and stories that I create, which are always set on the past (mostly middle ages).
The interest on these topics emerges from a deep respect and admiration that I’ve always had for the ancient cultures (all of them, without concentrating in just one), their legends and way of life, as I consider them to be much more advanced than most of the societies in which we live in today, mainly because they cared about certain aspects that are not taken into account nowadays, such as the divine, sacred and hidden potential within the human being.
There was also a very interesting connection they had with nature through the myths of their gods that has always appealed to me, as I think most of them have a lot of philosophical teachings and hidden meanings that are very inspiring. In my opinion all of this knowledge has been almost forgotten, with the exception of a few people who still preach and practice most of the concepts found in that ancient wisdom.

4.With your other projects the lyrics are more in the Satanic and Occult direction, how would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I have studied Alchemy, the Hermetic qabalah, grimoires and treatises related by myself since I was 13 and I slowly became closer to Satanism and the Left hand path knowledge a few years after I started to read those texts, so I decided to practice many of the rituals described on those books and begin to meditate based on the Qliphotic system. I found out that there was a lot of hidden aspects of myself and the reality that surrounds us that can be discovered through these practices and can lead you to see the essence of who you really are and what you are capable to do in this world and beyond.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the names of all 3 of the projects?

Elyisum’s name was taken from a dictionary of greek and roman mythology that I own and, basically, refers to a place that exists only for brave and heroic warriors chosen by the gods. It has some similarities with the Valhalla of the Vikings where only the warriors who died at battle were admitted.

Shemhamforash is a Hebrew term that denotes the 72 secret names of god and is related to his Tetragrammaton or “four lettered” name which was forbidden to pronounce explicitly. It was used to invoke or evoke the forces of light or, in this case, the forces of darkness by the decryption of their names. The concept of this project, based on its name, is to summon those dark forces from other planes and the hidden aspects of ourselves (Macro and microcosm – as above so below), allowing us to create a portal between this world and the greater powers that are beyond our perception and within us.

Spiritual Desecration’s name is very self-explanatory I think, because it expresses what the band’s all about: Blasphemy, Satanism, war and darkness. And it’s also very interesting because, for me, refers to the profanation of the beliefs that forbid the freedom of the human being with their false morality and absurd codes of conduct.

6.You work with a full time band on one project and do the other 2 solo, which one do you prefer, working by yourself or with a full band?

I think that each one appeals to a different part of me and I find all of them very inspiring, although there’s a difference in how I enjoy each one of them, for example, In Elysium I enjoy more when the time comes to compose the music, with Shemhamforash it’s a mix between the time I record the vocals and I can hear the music already and also when I write the lyrics, while in Spiritual Desecration I have the opportunity to play with other people and include all the ideas that don’t fit in the other projects, so to sum up I would say that I enjoy both in its own way, working by myself and with the band.

7.Has there been any live shows with your band 'Spiritual Desecration' and if so how would you describe your stage performance?

So far the band has played a lot of live gigs, and I have been on stage with them in two occasions, in both times I enjoyed a lot while I was playing, the sound was very good and the people seemed to enjoy the music as much as we did, so I have to say that the live performances have been great.

8.Currently all 3 of the musical projects are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, they all have been self – released. Right now I’m promoting all these bands and looking for a serious label to all of them if it’s possible so I can concentrate more in the music and leave the promotion and distribution to people with much more experience and contacts than me.
I have to add that Spiritual Desecration will appear on a split with a Mexican band called “Black Torment” through Misantropic spirit records from Argentina and the first album is planned to be re – released by a Brazilian label very soon, but we are is still looking for a label that could offer us a contract to publish all our music.

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

Well, as regards the band, the reception has been very good both here in Argentina and at foreign countries too. About my own solo projects they have also received a lot of good comments and support here and abroad, especially from fanzines, radios and other musicians.

10.Do you have any new releases coming out later this year and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future with your musical projects?

Yes, I’m planning to release new albums and Eps with all my projects this year and also at the beginning of 2015.
I think that my main goal is to do a tour within my country with Shemhamforash, once I gather enough musicians interested on doing live gigs, together with Spiritual Desecration and maybe playing in other countries or do a South American tour if it’s possible, that would be great.

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

About the extreme metal bands, I already answered you by mentioning the influences of each project, but I could name a few that aren’t neither Black metal nor Death metal which are: Candlemass, Danzig, The Misfits, King diamond and Mercyful fate, Iron maiden, Yngwie malsteem, Old Metallica, and Led zeppelin. As regards the musical styles I have to say that punk rock has been important for me, classical music has also been a big influence as well as doom, drone and ambient music too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to read a lot, all genres, from Science fiction to Philosophy and historical books too. I also like and find inspiration in paintings and drawings from different artists (old and new) such as Gustav Dore, Brueghel (the elder), Hieronymus Bosch, H.R. Giger, Goyá, William Blake, Santiago Caruso, Paolo Girardi, Caspar David Friederich among others.

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


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bland Vargar/Perpetual Return/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

  Bland  Vargar  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that plays   a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Perpetual  Return"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  nature  sounds  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar leads  shortly  after  that.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  adding  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  back  the  classical  guitars  at  times  to  add  more  variety  to  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  and  progressive  rock.

  Whispers  are  utilized  briefly  and  they  bring  another  form  of  grimness  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  during  an  acoustic  song  the band  add s in  a  psychedelic  sounding guitar  lead  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  after  being  in  an  acoustic  direction  for  awhile  the  band  does  return  full  force  to  a  melodic  and  raw  black  metal  sound  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  some  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  the  music  returns  back  to  a  folk  music  direction.

  Bland  Vargar  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  album  this  time  around  remaining  true  to  their  raw  and  epic  black  metal  sound  while  also  having  more  progressive  rock  and  folk  music  elements  in  their  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  wolves,  nature  and  inner  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bland  Vargar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bruma (Of  Wolf  And  The  Hunt)"  and  "Requiem".  8/5  out  of  10.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Avitas/Northern Ghosts/Bud Metal Records/2014 CD Review

  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Avitas  which  shows  the  band  going  into  a  raw  black/war  metal  direction  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelia  with  the  album  being  called  "Northern  Ghosts"  and  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records  in  the  year  of  2014.

  A  very  dark  and  psychedelic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes into  a  very  slow  and  raw  national  socialist  style  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  blast  beats.

  A  very  raw  and  war  like  black  metal  sound  dominates  a  good  portion  of  the  recording  as  well  as  injecting  a  good  dose  of  the  early  ns  black  metal  sound  into  their  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  utilize  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  while  always  remaining  true  to  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  later  songs  also  add  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  having  more  elements  of  psychedelia  mixed  in  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  chanting  and  spoken  word  parts  an d the  black  metal  vocals  are  also  very  understand  on  all  of  the  tracks  that  are  included  on  the  album  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  classic  rock  flavor.

  Avitas  remain  true  to  their  raw  ns  black  metal  sound  on  this  album  while  also  incorporating  more  psychedelic  elements  this  time  around,  the production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition  while  the  lyrics  cover  heathenism,  Anti  Judeo/Christian/  Abrahamic  religions,  Thelema,  Occultism,  Atheism  and  National  Socialist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Avitas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  national  socialist  black  metal  with  a  psychedelic  black  metal  touch,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Return  Of  the  Heathen"  "Northern  Ghosts"  "Aiwass"  and  "Boreal  Nebulae".  8/5  out  of  10.


Avitas//Politics of Nordic Terror: Live Rehearsals MMIII/Bud Metal Records/2011 Live Album Review

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Avitas  which  shows  them  in  the  earlier  stages  with  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  has  elements  of  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2011  recording  "Politics  Of  Nordic  Terror:  Live  Rehearsals  MMIII"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

  A  very  raw  and  live  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  some  dark  and  melodic  guitars  as  well  as  some  audience  reception  and  the  band  also  bring s in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  fast  parts  which  also  leads  to  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  mixture  of  grim  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls.

  The  music  utilizes  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  production  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  very  dark  sounding  atmosphere  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  show  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  death  metal  influence  being  more  prevalent  on  this  album  than  the  future  recordings  they  later  put  out  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  recorded  in  2003  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  shows  a  more  melodic  side  of  the  bands  material  in  the  early  days  as  well  as  having  a  few  instrumentals  that  shows  despite  the  raw  black  metal  side  of  most  of  the  material  the  band  are  very  talented  musicians  that  have  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  Avitas  shows  a  very  raw  side  of  their  musical  sound  with  this  live  recording   as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  that  are  better  displayed  on  the  later  recordings  they  released,  the  production  is  very  raw  and  under  produced  while  also  having  a  live  feeling  in  its  sound  and  the lyrics  cover  political,  national  socialist,  war  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Avitas  and  if  you  are  looking  for  some  true  war  like  raw  black  metal  with  a  heavy  death  metal  influence,  you  should  check  out  this  live  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aerial"  "Politics  Of  Global  Mind  Control"  "Destructive  Properties  Of  Organized  Religion"  and  "wall-Marde".  8  out  of  10.

Avitas/Saga of the Nationalist/Bud Metal Records/2009 CD Review

  Avitas  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  nationalist  form  of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Saga  Of  The  Nationalist"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

 A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  find  their  way  into  the  music  which  leads  to  a  faster  and  rawer  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  an  old  school  metal  feeling  present  in  the  bands  musical  attack  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  blast  beats  are  utilized  the  music  starts  to  take  on  a  more  aggressive  war  metal  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  old  school  underground  metal  in  the  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  pagan  style  melodies  and  the  music  also  utilizes  acoustic  guitars  and  melody  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  which  reminds  me  of  the  early  90's  polish  black  metal  bands.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  instrumentals  and  melodic  pagan  chanting  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  a  rawer  form  of  black  metal  and  on  the  last  song  the  vocals  start  utilizing  a  more  melodic  tone  to  them.

   Avitas  shows  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  playing  mostly  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  but  with  some  thrash  and  war  metal  elements  and  the  slower  and  melodic  side  of  their  music  brings  a  very  epic  and  nationalist  feeling  to  the  album,  the  production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  a  man  from  Germany  during  the  years  of  1933  to  1946  and  how  the  ideas  relate  to  modern  time  along  with  a  good  dose  of  national  socialist  and  anti  judeo  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Avitas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  nationalist  black/war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apathetic"  "The  Militant"  and  "The  Future  I  See".  8/5  out  of  10.

Laracna/2012 Demo CD-R Review

  Laracna  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw,  thrashy  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  A  very  raw,  thrashy  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  which  leads  to  some  evil  growls  being  added  into  the  music  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  amount  of  underground  80's  metal  elements.

  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  this  band  utilizes  combines  the  rawest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  together  and  the  band  avoids  having  any  melody  in  their  sound  which  also  adds  to  the  aggression  on  the  demo  and  the  last  track  is  a  cover  of  Sepultura's  "Antichrist".

  Laracna  combine  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal  together  as  well  as  having  some  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  in  their  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  demo  style  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  christian  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Laracna  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  raw  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cursed  God".  8  out  of  10.


Den Saakaldte/Faen i Helvete/Agonia Records/2014 CD Review

  Den  Saakaldte  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  combines  depressive  black  metal  with  thrash,  doom  metal  and  elements  of  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Faen  i  Helvete"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  band  also  has  a  good  amount  of  thrash  elements  in  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  on  the  album  they  still  maintain  a  grim  and  dark  feeling  as  well  as  having  traces  of  avant  garde  in  their  sound  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  the  band  brings  onto  the  album  are  very  melodic  sounding  and  there  musical  style  is  very  true  to  the  Norwegian  black  metal  tradition  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  doom  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  the  band  shows  a  great  amount  of  progress  from  the  previous  recording  I  reviewed  a  few  months  back  and  almost  sounds  like  a  different  band  but  you  can  still  hear  the  depressive  black  metal  elements  when  the  band  adds  in  small  amounts  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  first  half  of  the  album  is  very  straight  forward  the  more  experimental  side  of  the  band  shows  on  the  later  tracks  while  always  remaining  true  to  their  Norwegian  black  metal  sound.

  Den  Saakaaldte  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  their  new  album  adding  in  a  more  catchy  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  doom  influences  and the  band  also  shows  that  they  are  not  afraid  to  experiment  with  their  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  depression,  emotional  and  paranoia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Den  Saakaldte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  style  black  metal  with  experimental  elements,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Din  Siste  Dag"  "Endelost  Ode"  and  "Ondskapens  Nodvendighet".  8  out  of  10.