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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Ulvegr/Isblod/Ashen Dominion/2021 CD Review

 


  Ukraine's  Ulvegr  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Isblod"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Ashen  Dominion.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  being  done  in  mostly  a  faster  direction  only  with  a  small  amount  of  slow  or  mid  tempo  sections  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  album.


  On  this  recording  Ulvegr  goes  for  more  of  a  fast,  traditional  and  aggressive  style  of  pagan  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  Pagan  Mysticism  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ulvegr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  aggressive  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jotuntre"  and  "Dunkelstorm".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://ulvegr.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ulvegr 

Cruel Life Inside/Eclipsis Vitae/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2021 CD Review

 


  Cruel  Life  Inside  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Eclipsis  Vitae"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musica  and  Beverina.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  keyboards  and  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  later  tracks,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  songs  also  add  in  melodic  singing  and  there are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  woods  and  dreams.  


  In  my  opinion  Cruel  Life  Inside  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ignis"  and  "Loricum".  8  out  of  10.



  

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Illness/Schizophrenic Kingdoms/2021 EP Review

 


  Norway/Poland's  Illness  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  schizophrenic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Schizophrenic  Kingdoms".


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  which  also  gives  the  music  the  atmosphere  of  a  bad  nightmare  while  the  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  on  the  later  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Thorns's  Aerie  Descent"  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitars  solos  and  leads  onto  the  recording.


  On  this  recording  Illness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  raw  and  synth  orientated.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  schizophrenia  and  mental  illness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Illness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insanity"  and  "Black  Schizophrenic  Metal".  8  out  of  10.


Website: www.illnesshorde.com
Bandcamp: https://illness666.bandcamp.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/illness666
Twitter: https://twitter.com/illnessofficial

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/illnesshorde     

Spire/Temple Of Khronos/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 CD Review

 


  Spire  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  progressive  and  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Temple  Of  Khronos"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.


  When  aggressive  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  semi  melodic  style  while  also  utilizing  a  good  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  growls,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  its  psychedelic  moments  and  as  the  recording  progresses  the  black  metal  screams  get  more  demented  and  high  pitched  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  nihilism,  mysticism  and  mythological  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spire  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  progressive  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hymn  I  -Tyrant"  and  "Hymn  V  -  Khronos".  8  out  of  10.


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Luciferianometh/The Command Of Lucifer's Heart/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Luciferianometh  are  a  band  from  Sri  Lanka  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "The  Command  Of  Lucifer's  Heart".


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style  along  with  some  touches  of  90's  death  metal  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length


  One  of  the  songs  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  melodic  chants  and  keyboards  onto  the  album,  as  the  recording  progresses  the  solos  and  leads  also  go  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Spiritual  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Black  Magick,  Left  Hand  Path,  Egypt,  Templars  and  Buddhism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Luciferianometh  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Majesty  Ov  Baphomet's  Throne"  "Elemental  Kings  Of  Cosmos  A  Knight  Ov  Amenti"  and  "Satanic  Emperor".  8  out  of  10.


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Profond Barathre/Tinnitus/Hummus Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Profond  Barathe  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Tinnitus"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Hummus  Records.


  Dark  yet  distorted  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


 All  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  capturing  an  improv  orientated  atmosphere  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  On  this  recording  Profound  Barathe  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  guitar  driven  as  well  as  no  soft  instruments  or  vocals  ever  being  utilized  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Profond  Barathe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiritus"  and  "Terta".  8  out  of  10.


https://profondbarathre.bandcamp.com


  

Friday, January 29, 2021

Perennial Isolation/Portraits/Non Serviam Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Perennial  Isolation  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Portraits"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Non  Serviam  Rexcords.


  A  very  dark  and  cinematic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  atmospheric  style  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in length,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  autumn,  winter  and  Mother  Earth  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Perennial  Isolation  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Autumn  Legacy  Underlying  The  Cold's  Caress"  "Through  Fire  Upon  Fire"  and  "Emanations  Form  The  Swallowed  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.


perennialisolation.bandcamp.com
www.perennialisolation.com
www.facebook.com/perennialofficial

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Void/Dreams Of A Painted World/20201 Full Length Review

 


  Void  are  a  solo  project  form  San  Antonio,  Texas  that  takes  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Dreams  Of  A  Painted  World".


  Sounds  of  wind  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  The  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  post  metal  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  synths  also  add  in  some  dark  ambient  sections.


  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  violins  and  samples  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal,  the  music  also  has  it  depressive  moments  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw. 


  In  my  opinion  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  depressive  post  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  fark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossing  the  Mist"  and  "Death  Knell".  8  out  of  10.


https://voidus.bandcamp.com/releases     


  

Bilesipper Interview

 

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


 


Bilesipper has existed for around one year and seeks to create chaotic raw black metal. However, everything from droning noisescapes to death metal riffs are also present. As long as the product is harsh and evil, then Bilesipper’s musical goal has been achieved.


 


2.      So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


 


The demo has a grating atmosphere and droning, repetitive songs, with no fast parts and only minimal vocals. It was intended as a more DSBM-styled release, while the goal for the EP was to create short, aggressive, and more straightforward compositions to show that Bilesipper is not limited to one style by any means. Future releases will continue to expand on the Bilesipper sound. Finally, the demo was recorded with a drum machine, while the EP features live drumming, which added greatly to the aggression and rawness.


 


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


 


Blasphemy, madness, and plague. This is ugly, violent music, and the lyrics are no exception.


 


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


 


The name just came to me one day and the mental image made my skin crawl – always a good sign! “Sipping” suggests drinking with control, so the name evokes something refined yet depraved; this is a deliberate, measured act, which makes it all the more horrifying. It also is catchy. Nothing wrong with being memorable.


 


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


 


This is an old drawing depicting plague victims. Black metal reflects all the bad things in the world, so in light of current events the wretchedness feels especially timeless.


 


6.      With the exception of a few session musicians you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to expanding into a full band or do you prefer to work solo?


 


Yes, it would be great to expand and even play live shows one day. I do enjoy calling the shots creatively for now but would welcome collaboration as long as it adhered to the Bilesipper spirit. The music is the only thing that really matters.


 


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


 


I have not received any interest yet but would be very open to hearing from labels. Right now, I am working on gaining fans and spreading the word organically so there is no rush. Bilesipper is still young.


 


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


 


I have received positive feedback, which is very humbling and encouraging. I am working on getting more exposure for the two current releases, but I believe for the next step Bilesipper needs to release more music to reach more people. The support so far is very motivating and Bilesipper will deliver!


 


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


 


No plans for a full-length as of now, but there is a smaller release coming. Drums have been tracked so far. The style will be closer to the EP than the demo, but of course there will be new things as well. A physical release and merch are also two goals for the future, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. As a musician, I have been focusing on composition and hope to further refine my writing skills in the future.


 


10.   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?


 


Bilesipper is directly influenced by bands like Immortal, Behexen, Archgoat, Beherit (especially Drawing Down the Moon), Demilich, old Dimmu Borgir …too many evil gems to list, but many European bands from the 90s are a defining influence. I listen to a huge range of music, though; today was Jimi Hendrix and Company Segundo, the day before was Enslaved and Wintersun.


I previously played in a band called Unlucky Theta, which was a psychedelic and progressive groove/sludge metal band, so it is definitely not black metal all the time for me. That being said, Bilesipper is and will remain a black metal project without question.


 


11.   Does Occultism play any role in your music?


 


            No. There is no spiritualism, mysticism, religion, or any other sort of philosophy, belief, or agenda behind Bilesipper. This is ugly music purely for the sake of ugliness.


 


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


 


I want to thank Occult Black Metal Zine for taking the time to not only feature the EP but to conduct this interview as well. It is very humbling to have people show interest in your music, and I have nothing but respect for sites like this one that dedicate so much time and energy to keeping the underground going strong.


And to the fans: Bilesipper will return soon with another gut-churning injection of vile black metal sorcery so stay tuned!


 

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Amidst Dreams Of Tomorrow Interview

 

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

There’s not much to know about us, to be fair. The EP was recorded as a two piece project, but we’ve recently been joined by an additional guitar player that will be working with us through future recordings, but to be fair, this project is more about the music and less about it’s members. We all share a love for music and all sorts of creative side-gigs, and have a wide range of musical influences which I’m sure you’ll be able to hear in our EP. This project actually has an interesting story that is worth sharing as well. It all started as a failed (but publicly unnamed) Doom Metal project we were both working on. We wrote songs, ideas, all sorts of things, for over two years, but the chemistry was just not there, and we hit a roadblock. Call it creator’s block, if you prefer. Suddenly, during the summer of 2020, it all clicked, and we both wrote like mad in the span of about a month to create the EP you will be listening to. 

2.You have an ep coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

For sure. We’re not huge fans of labels ourselves, because I think people often get stuck on the genre and not the actual music, which is what matters. But since people kept asking, we decided to go with Post-Black / Atmospheric Black Metal. Why? Well, our songs are created with a certain ambiance in mind, to set up a mood. The black metal part kinda comes from the stylistic way we arrange our songs, as well as the overall sound and chord choices. 

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

We both decided to explore the topic of the human experience, what surrounds us, both positively and negatively, as well life and death, and what’s in between those two states. We wanted to capture feelings of happiness and sadness, sometimes in the same song, and take the audience through a journey. This is also why we decided to make “Beached Things” an instrumental experience, as our goal was to let the music breathe and speak for itself.

4.On your facebook page you also referenced 'Oscar Wilde', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?

We’d be lying to you if we said we’re Oscar Wilde readers and followers, because we’re not. The quote has actually stuck with me (Dod) when my girlfriend was talking about Oscar Wilde and his story, and actually wanted to include it as the description of our work, it simply fits the overall mood and aesthetic of our EP.

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Amidst Dreams Of Tomorrow'?

Amidst Dreams of Tomorrow was actually the working name for one of the songs that we wrote during the EP sessions. When writing songs, no matter how small they may be, we usually assign them a more or less humorous name and this one just stuck as befitting for where our music was going as a whole. The idea for the band name came from myself and Dod just decided “Yeah, that works!”. As for its significance, I’ve never thought much about it, but it personally fits with the idea of never giving up your dreams and what moves you forward, as without those, you’re dead, either physically or metaphorically. 

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

To tell you about the artwork, we must first tell you about the story about the name for the EP (Beached Things). This actually comes from the game “Death Stranding”, and in very brief terms, Beached Things signifies souls that have been stranded in the world of the living instead of moving on to whatever comes next. That said, we wanted to represent this concept with photography that would be available in our portfolios, and settled with what we have now.

7.The band is an international project, what parts of the world are the band members located in?

We’d prefer not to disclose where we’re from at the moment, as this project is not about the band members, but about the music. We play secondary roles. That said, all three members are currently living in three different countries.

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

We’re still looking for a label and have sent our EP to several, but so far we haven’t had any feedback. This doesn’t let us down in the slightest, as our goal was never to get a label, but to share our music with the world, which is why the EP is being released for free. Of course we’d be lying if we said a label deal wouldn’t be something we’d consider, but for now we’re comfortable and happy with what we’ve achieved on our own.

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

So far the reception has been great, much better than expected in fact! We’ll wait for the official release date to assess the proper reaction, but quite a few people have listened to our music and seem to enjoy it.

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

That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Well, we’re already working on a full length album as a three piece band and progress has been going on steady so far. What we can advance so far is that we have almost half of the full length written and will continue working on our own pace, so when it’s done, it’s done. We’d say 2022 may be a fair assessment, but it’s still a bit too early to tell. 
As for our musical roadmap, our new songs are a little bit more complex and include some symphonic influences. Not to say it’s a major departure from the EP, because it’s not, but it does sound like a proper evolution of what we’re releasing now. It’s important to note that we’re not adding more instruments or increasing complexity for the sake of it. Our creative process is pretty similar, and it’s just that we’re now more comfortable in our own niche.

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?

This is definitely a two part question, as we both have slightly different musical tastes. 

Christian - While I’m a fan of Black Metal, I was always closer to it’s symphonic counterparts, like Septic Flesh, Cradle Of Filth for example. I’m also a big fan of video-game and movie soundtracks, and this plays a part in the writing process.

Dod - I’ve always been a huge Black Metal fan, and have dwelled way more into its depressive / atmospheric side. My main influences would definitely include well known projects like Burzum and Agalloch, and lesser known but equally fantastic projects like Unreqvited and A Light in the Dark. Additionally, there two projects I’d like to outline as key influences to my overall creative side: Doom:VS and ISON. Both could not be more different, but both have massively impacted the soundscapes I create when working on a song.

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

Christian - I’d like to thank everybody that has been supporting this project and wish they have been enjoying what we’ve come up with. Never let go of your dreams, that’s what keeps you alive!

Dod - As my friend said, just an overall thank you to everybody that has supported and endorsed this project.


 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Helgrind/Return To Motherland/Black Spark Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Helgrind  are  a  band  from  Cuba  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  pagan  form  of  Viking  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Return  To  Motherland"  which  was  released  by  Black  Spark  Records.


  A  very  epic  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  pagan  metal  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  clean  Viking  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  the  mid  90's  Scandinavian  era  of  Viking  metal  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  a  small  amount  of  growls  onto  the  album,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Vikings,  Legends,  Battles  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Helgrind  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan  and  Viking  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Song  Of  The  Runes"  "Return  To  Motherland"  and  "Blota".  8  out  of  10.


https://blacksparkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-motherland  


  

Naarkas/Slangen/Strange Aeons Records/2021 EP Review

 


  Naarkas  are  a  duo  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Slangen"  which  was  released  by  Strange  Aeons  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  crust  punk  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  At  times  the  songs  also  get  very  raw  sounding  while  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as most  of  the  music  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  Naarkas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Naarkas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Frossen  jord"  and  "Slangen".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXpCjhChg38&feature=youtu.be      

Xibalba/Ah Dazm Poop Ek/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Album Re-Issue Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Mexico's  Xibalba  which  continues  the  raw  and  Mayan  themes  style  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  releases  and  the  album w as  released  in  1994  and  called  "Ah  Dazm  Poop  Ek"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  2021  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.


  Shamanistic  and  tribal  style  drumming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  pre-Hispanic  instruments  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  early  90's  style  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  Norwegian  influences  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  tribal  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  there  are  also  a  few  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan  Cosmology  and  Ancient  Mexican  Culture.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xibalba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  Mayan  themes  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Furor  Antiquus"  Sign  of  Eastern  War"  "Deers  In  The  Mounts"  and  "Horizons".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ah-dzam-poop-ek   

Xibalba/Ancients/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Compilation Album Review

 


  Xibalba  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2007  compilation  album  "Ancients"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  2021  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  consists  of  "In  Lucescitae  Tristis  Hiei"  demo  from  1992  and  a  rehearsal  recording  from  1994.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  tribal  style  percussion  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  in  more  of  a  tribal  feeling.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  ritualistic  style  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  traditional  black  metal  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  Norwegian  style  which  was  very  common  in  that  era  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan  and  Ancient  Mexico  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Xibalba  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  Mayan  themes  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Furor  Antiquus"  "In  Lucescitae  Tristis  Hiei"  and  "Return  To  Outerwisdom".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ancients   

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Eriphion/Ερίφιον2​-​ΑναδόμΗση/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Greece's  Eriphion  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  expanding  on  the  experimental  post  black  metal  style  that  was  introduced  on  the  previous  ep  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Ερίφιον2​-​ΑναδόμΗση".


  Drum  beats  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  while  heavier  riffs  are  also  introduced  a  few  seconds  later.  The  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  noise  rock  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  album  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding in  some  elements  of  noise  as  well  as  one  tack  also  adding  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental,  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  ritualistic  vibe  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Greek  and  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eriphion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE " Κατά  συρροή  ανεύθυνοι  φίλοι"  and  "Ώρες".  8  out  of  10,.


https://eriphion.bandcamp.com/album/2

Iscuron Interview

 

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

Iscuron is a Black Metal one-man band based in the North of Italy, born in 2020. The first album “The Nothing Has Defeated Atreyu” was released in January 2021. I’ve been composing and playing all the music and writing all the lyrics and self-managed the whole production process. I’m only outsourcing the artwork and the PR. So far the Iscuron project is not signed with any label and the distribution is digital only, although I’m not excluding possible collaborations and physical releases for the time being.

 

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

I like to describe my music style as Symphonic/Atmospheric/Medieval Black Metal with electronic components. I started listening and playing Black Metal since the mid 90’. The musical style of this recording is probably the sum of the influences I got from this over 20 years long journey through this genre. The basic structure of every song is solidly black metal: blasting drums, tremolo guitar and screams are there most of the time. I then develop the basic structure and riffing adding melodies and atmosphere through many different classical and folk instruments. The electronic component is minor but it’s present in every track. I’m not an expert of electronic music and I don’t even listen to it, however I find electronic instruments helpful to co-build the overall atmosphere. In few words my main goal is, whiting a black metal framework, to create a certain atmosphere and to achieve the goal I’m using any component that I believe can help. 

 

3.Some of your lyrics cover fantasy and medieval themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

I’m a fan of fantasy and medieval themes in books, movies, music and any other form of art. I studied classical literature in university and since I was a child my family always planned “history driven” trips and visits around Europe. The Lord Of The Rings (the book first and then the movie) also had a strong fascination on me, I know this will sound very obvious. Often my lyrics are actually inspired by real experiences and things that I simply see happening around me, however I prefer to express the themes through fantasy metaphors that fit with my music and that often help being more straight to the point using few words.

 

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

In the local dialect of the small mountain village where I come from and where I live most of the year, the word “iscuron” means “in the darkness”. That is also the title of the last track of the album. I feel that this name is reflective of the atmosphere that I’m trying to create with my music and I’m proud of knowing and sometimes still speaking the old local dialect. The lyrics of the track “Caterina 1667” are also inspired by an actual historical fact that happened in that place few centuries ago.

 

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

The artwork, together with the logo, were created by the Russian artist and painter Mosaeye (who has experience with many extreme metal artworks). This is one of the few components that I’m outsourcing, in fact I don’t know if I’m good in making music, but for sure I know that  I’m not good with artworks 😊 The painting that I chose reminds me of the woods around the place where I live where I use to walk to get inspiration and I like to see the figure as the spirit that guards those woods through the centuries. I live in a place where nature, wild animals and forests are still predominant and setting the rules for everybody. And I love it.

 

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

For this project I felt the need to express 100% myself in any sound, note and word. I see the “one-man” approach similar to a “composer/singer-songwriter” approach although this is not common in Black Metal, that is usually dominated by a “band” approach (although with obvious relevant exceptions). I’m not excluding possible occasional external collaborations with other musicians in the future, however Iscuron will remain a solo project.

 

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

I’m not proactively looking around for a label and I don’t have any discussion in place at present, so far I managed to accomplish what I was looking for by myself. However I’m not closed to collaborations in principle, I’m open to explore any opportunity the future might bring.

 

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

So far I got mostly very positive reactions by many people in many different Countries and I’m very thankful for that. I was concerned by the reaction to the mix of different styles and most of all by the inclusion of electronic components in my Black Metal music. So far it looks like my intention of using any possible ingredient to achieve the overall atmosphere without betraying the genre was understood.


9.Do you also have any experience working with other bands or musical projects?

Since 1998 I am also a member of another Italian extreme metal band that has a total of 3 members. That band is not releasing anything since over 10 years now, however it is still alive and we are working to finalize an album that we hope to release by the end of the year. More to come.


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

Music for me is purely a passion. My only ambition is to be able to go on composing and releasing new albums that I really feel, I’m not hoping to make a living out of it. My goals are purely qualitative. On one hand I would consider myself musically successful if I’ll manage to keep my music “fresh” album by album whilst sticking to a solid Black Metal structure. On another hand I hope to improve as a musician and composer: playing and programming all instruments gives you a lot of room for improvement and for trying new experiments. Just for example, technically speaking, I feel like I have large room for improvement when it comes to my vocals and in the new songs I’m already working on I’m focusing a lot on better drums.


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?

The first record, actually a tape, that I bought was “No prayer for the dying” of Iron Maiden. I quickly switched to more extreme music when I bought a Death Metal compilation by the magazine Terrorizer that I saw by chance in the window of the music shop. I was a fan of horror movies, especially Dario Argento, and I liked both the tape cover (Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel playing covered by blood) and the unprecedented bands names (Morbid Angel, Tiamat, Pestilence, Obituary, Malevolent Creation etc.). The spell by Black Metal happened between the final phase of the early Scandinavian scene (Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, Marduk) and the following symphonic/melodic phase (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth, Samael, Moonspell, Dissection). Nowadays, although I may get influenced by any music that hear by chance (radio, movies, videogames), I still intentionally listen to Black Metal only. I like many new bands like Vargrav, Severoth, Aorlhac, Forteresse, Ieschure, Zaklon, Oubliette, Totenwache. I also like a lot a couple of other Italian bands: Nazgul and Evol.

 

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

I want to use this space to really thank you for your support. The extreme metal underground still exists also thanks to initiatives like yours.


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Torresian Call/Welldweller/Eternal Death/2020 Split Cassette Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Australia's  Toresian  Call  and  U.S.A's  Welldweller  which  will  be  released  in  February,  2021  by  Eternal  Death  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Toresian  Call  a  solo  project  that  plays a  traditional  style  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  old  school  American  style  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  riffing  is  also  done  on  power  chords.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Toresian  Call  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "I'  and  "V".


  Next  up  is  Welldweller  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  track  is  also  over  10  minutes  in  length.


  The  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  repetitive  moments  as  well  as  the  track  also  adding  in  some   clean  playing  after  the  music  finally  slows  down.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  vocals  cover  witchcraft  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Welldweller  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


    http://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/split-5

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ævangelist/Dream An Evil Dream III/Dead Seed Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  U.S.A/France/Finland's Ævangelist  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  dark  and  esoteric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Dream  An  Evil  Dream  III"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  sonly  track  present  on  this  recording  being  over  46  minutes  in  length.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  and  technical  moments. 


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style  along  with  the  track  also  getting  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  raw  feeling  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  melancholic  and  esoteric  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ævangelist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.


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Gravstenad Interview

 

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

We started the band in 2015. Vråhl and Darth found each other on a forum and connected over the wish to play harsh black metal and drink beer. Music that smells like a heart attack. Darth already knew Sargaroth so he came in pretty quick, and Kråkfar found us a few months later. He quit soon after we recorded the album and went on to his own musical projects as Kråkfar and soon after Nocturnotto, who laid down the solo on Rök och Svart Magi and already played with Onoskelis, joined.


2. So far you have released a demo and a full length. In your opinion, how do they differ from each other musically?

Well the demo was one day of rough recording in the rehearsal studio and the album took about two years to complete! We'd say the album is more focused, more refined in a way, even if that's not really reflected in the quality of the mix. After recording we noticed we had lost one mic for the guitars on half the songs and the overhead mics were completely missing, so the cymbals are all through tom mics. We spent a week in the studio, sleeping on the floor, getting pissed at each other and drinking copious amounts of beer while consuming a doomsday prepper’s basement stock of ravioli. We were a combination of drunk and hungover throughout the process, recording through the worst storm in modern Swedish history. It's all recorded live except for the vocals and the solos.


3. When I listen to the new album I can also hear some elements of doom and stoner, do you feel this makes your songs stand out a lot more?

It's aggressive and filthy. Not really doom or stoner on purpose. There is no specific marketing thinking going into it, we just found that it fit well with these large cavernous sections interspersed with hysterical chaos! And honestly, who's to say black metal has to be extremely fast all the time? Everybody's just listening to De Mysteriis the wrong way (except for us)! Our guitarist and drummer do play in stoner bands as well so that probably bleeds over a bit, but we have our roots pretty firmly placed in black metal.


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

Well for me, Vråhl, when I write lyrics I have all these concepts in my head I want to express, but when it comes time to put it into words to a song, the most important part for me is that it vibes with the song itself. I like to go on long walks putting a recording from the rehearsal on repeat until I start getting the words that fit coming to me. So basically it's a whole jumble of concept and ideas distilled through the sound of the music and filtered through my sense of what the song wants to say in a way.


5.I know that the band's name means 'Tombstone' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Hah, well it's actually "Tombstoned" or "Gravestoned". The idea that the music should feel like someone's throwing tombstones right in your face! Though you can also take it as someone smoking weed at a cemetary really. The music shifted but the band name just got more relevant with time.


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

It kind of evolved over time. We took a picture of some woods at one point, which we used together with the logo for making a backdrop to use on stage. At some point Perra, of Sunny Sound who mastered the album, added our faces to it. We then put it through some filter for the hell of it and figured it looked pretty fucking cool, so we decided to use it as the artwork for the cover. It sticks out from the numerous black and white contrast images and religious iconography at least.


7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?

Yes. Fucking hit us up! gravstenad@gmail.com


8.Currenly you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We haven't really been looking, but we're very open to the idea of having a distributor and some kind of booking agent to find us gigs! We have made contact with a distributor in Asia through which we might be printing some CD's. If anyone is interested, hit us up!


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

Well, the five people who have commented about our latest album have had positive things to say about it! I think our favourite so far is a guy describing it as "Bulldozers driven through a stone crusher being ripped apart by a black hole."


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

We'll be playing more, faster, and slower. More weird and more furious.


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?

Weed and black metal. The group has our root in nineties black metal, a lot of Mayhem, Darkthrone and Burzum. Our first rehearsal with Kråkfar was just jamming Jesus Tod and that's what brought the band together, but we all come from pretty different musical interests and I think it all bleeds over into the music. Skullwand by Serpent Omega was a song we listened to together at an early point and were all pretty floored by. That may have signaled a shift in the style of our music. It's about playing chaotic, raw and frenzied music, and we're very open to be influenced by whatever adds to that.


12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any rule in your music?

Hah, no, not at all really. We don't fuck with these Satanic LARP-witches. Lyrically we're more about human madness than anything religious.


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

Surf rock is just black metal before distortion pedals.


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