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Xenomorph Interview

dimanche 31 juillet 2022 à 05:36

 


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


 


Thank you, I am greatly honored to be interviewed by you. The Xenomorph Nihilistic Rustbelt Black Metal project was born out of a purely isolated individual’s struggle to overcome and dominate a miserable and oppressive environment, eventually taking the form of black metal music artform to convey these themes and experience.


 


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


 


The full length is an ultimate realization of the project, the previous demos and singles were very much a gestational and testing ground for what Xenomorph was capable of.


 


3.You refer to your music as being 'nihilistic rustbelt black metal', can you tell us a ,little bit more about this term?


 


Yes, NRBM is a term to describe black metal that has taken form within the urban decay and horrid ugliness of the industrialized central United States; the failure of one to find natural beauty within this realm, instead choosing to embrace and find strength from the laborious indentured servitude so ubiquitous here.


 


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


 


Xenomorph has and will continue to explore topics such as the application of Nietzche’s will to power; reconciling a deep confusion about one’s own nature; harnessing of dangerous and negative emotions, hatred of abusive authority, acceptance of nihilism as a meaningful philosophy, and describing personal experiences that have spanned the very globe itself.


 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Xenomorph'?


 


Xenomorph, Greek for “Strange or Alien Changer” has been the creator of this project’s alias for 2 decades under different art forms and endeavors. Besides the reference to the creature born from HR Giger’s imagination, the artist relates much to a being who is merely born into the world, and forced to undergo morphosis in rapidly fluctuating environments.


 


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


 


The artwork done by renowned artist Rotting Reign, was concepted as a nightmare aesthetic of an industrialized world of brutal labor, ubiquitous decay, environmental ugliness, and total isolation. Cavan at RR produced an absolute masterpiece from this commission by myself.


 


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


Thus far, I have attempted to learn as much on my own as possible, and have relished the struggle of self recording and producing, but have recently learned to reach out for help from more talented musicians and artists than myself to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.


 


8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Wolfraven', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


 


Wolfraven reached out in the early days of demo recording, and featured an undeniably unique industrialized sound, as well as similar outlook on the general plight of those damned to eternal labor. The split was an excellent opportunity to be exposed to fresh sounds and production styles that carried over strongly into the Rustwelt album released this year. I remain good friends with Wolfraven.


 


9.You also have done some 'Gorgoroth' and 'Shining' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of their songs?


 


Gorgoroth remains the chief influence on Xenomorph black metal, and the song covered was one of the first I learned when I picked up guitar in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic quarantine. Shining, quite differently, is not a favorite influence but the song covered, Black Industrial Misery, was an enormous influence on the development of NRBM, both thematically and musically.


 


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


 


I am open to being signed, but remain wary of unneeded assistance or the desire for clout, any label relationships must be borne out of mutual benefit for the fans.


 


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


 


Response to Xenomorph black metal has been humbling in its scope, since the demo was released, I have personally sent nearly 100 orders of demo tapes and merch to countries all over the world as well as locally here in the US, and as far as Indonesia and Australia. For this interest and support, I am eternally grateful, and hope to continue providing even more meaningful and authentic music to future fans.


 


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


 


Improving my craft in musicianship is a total priority for the foreseeable future. Within 5 years I hope to bring Xenomorph to live performances, but until then, much work must be done to bring this to fruition.


 


13.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?


 


Chief influences will always be Burzum, Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Bathory, Emperor, Leviathan and Judas Iscariot. For their range of style and highest and best uses of the art form known as black metal. In recent years I have gone completely underground, listening exclusively to what is being put out in the local underground scene such as Stakedriver, Ends Embrace, Pyromancy, Fomalhaut, Alghol, Till, Gates of Mourning, Valdrin and Clenching Shadow.


 


14.How would you describe your views on Satanism?


 


Satanism is a key feature of my music and personal life. Only in the sense that Satan was recorded in biblical mythology as the one encouraging knowledge and self-reliance over blind faith and obedience to spiritual authority. Often times I grow weary of the stale cliches associated with Satanism, and hope to provide the scene with new interpretations of this cornerstone element of Black Metal.


 


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


 


Again, thank you very much for taking this time to listen to my music, and I hope to encourage individuals to support the underground black metal scene, where a rich  community and authentic sense of belonging can be found.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWstL37WfGM

https://www.instagram.com/rotting_reign/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/07/xenomorph-interview.html


Trinitas/Total Heresy/Van Records/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 31 juillet 2022 à 05:26

 


  Trinitas  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Germany  and  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Total  Heresy"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Van  Records.


  Voices  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  second  wave  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  minimal  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  demonic  sounding  growls.


   Most  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  more  power  chord  driven  direction,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  direction  and  also  add  in  a  more  melodic  style  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  music  always  staying  on  the  heavier  or  primitive  side.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Horned  Gods,  Necromancy,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Trinitas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tomb  Of  The  Misanthrope"  "Supernova  Lucifer"  "

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/07/trinitastotal-heresyvan-records2022.html


Ulvhedrier/Legd/Hellstain Productions/2022 Full length Review

dimanche 31 juillet 2022 à 03:29

 


  Ulvhedrier  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Legd"  which  was  released  by  Hellstain  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  clear  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  vocals  also  have  their  grim  moments.  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  the  hardship  of  the  old  farmers  life  in  the  winter-land  of  the  north.  


  In  my  opinion  Ulvhedrier  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Andre  Kapittel:  Vonlaushet"  "En  Storm  Der  Ute"  and  "Til  Siste  Ende".  8  out  of  10.


  Website: https://www.ulvhedner.no

Bandcamp: https://ulvhedner.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ulvhedner
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-U3YPIDvJ29omUtf7cjy0A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Q5QoAzucasukzp8pAUe9p?si=7Q5QJGQZSBmRhl8Z9LJPPw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ulvhedner.official/ 


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/07/ulvhedrierlegdhellstain-productions2022.html


Gnipahålan/I Nordsk Vredeslusta/Purity Through Fire/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 31 juillet 2022 à 02:30

 


  Gnipahålan  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  synth  oriented  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "I  Nordsk  Vredeslusta"  which  will b e  released  in  September  by  Purity  through  Fire.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Most  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  clear  vocals  can  also b e  heard  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  death,  mysticism,  war  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Gnipahålan  are  a  very  great  sounding synth  orientated  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Stormens  led"  "I  Blodets  Svarta  Dunkel  del  I"  and  "nordens  Majestat".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/_gA1OpEpm5U    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/07/gnipahalani-nordsk-vredeslustapurity.html


Mons Veneris/Inversados d'Um Abismo de Podridao/Signal Rex/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 31 juillet 2022 à 00:34

 


  Mons  Veneris  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  old  school  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Inversados  d'Um   Abismo  de  Podridao"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Signal  Rex.


  Dark  yet  melodic  sounding  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  clear  vocals  van  also  be  heard  briefly  which  also  evolve  into  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  lo-fi  sounding.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  clear  vocals  also  returning  on   some  of  the  alter  songs.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  some  influences  from the  French  Black  Legions  and  the  classic  Portugal  proto  black  metal  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Destruction  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mons  Veneris  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  garras  do  Velho  Escrito"  "O  do  Fosso  da  Vida"  and  "Discipulo  do  Mal".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/jmUDbzKw1Us    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/07/mons-venerisinversados-dum-abismo-de.html