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Arrealhue Interview

mercredi 16 novembre 2022 à 04:20

 


Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


To give an update about what we are preparing in secrecy you must have in mind this number: “II”. We are working in two big productions, one of them will be released in early 2023, and the other maybe in two years. We can`t give you more info – mostly because we don`t talk about what we are working until is near to be finished – so bangers must be alert.


2. Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Previously we released an EP with 4 songs, 3 of those are included in the LP. What is different is mostly the sound and interpretation maybe, but are the same in general.


3. This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during this time frame?


We made “Post Lux Tenebras” LP during pandemic, recording between quarantines with all the typical difficulties from it. So, all was belated because we wanted to release the album in 2020. But despite all the delays, we loved the result. 


4. In one interview you also mentioned an interest in the myths and legends of Chile and South America, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Mal Cristiano as a composer always was interested in mythology from his early years, reading and researching about legends from his country and the south. Fascinated with the richness of this cultural heritage, begins a hard work to understand and connect ancient stories, having as a goal to discover the origin of them and the concepts behind this imaginative tales.  “Post Lux Tenebras” in resume, is the beginning and also the end of this research.


5. Lyrically you also covered some European Paganism on the new album, how would you compare this region with the myths and legends of your homeland?


As inhabitants of South America, Arrealhue´s work is inevitably influenced by two sources: American native`s culture and European culture. The latter influence arrives to our country mostly with the Spanish conquest and all European activity, including Greek, Nordic, Celtic and even Slavic stories among others. This mixed during 500 years with local tradition and generates a unique sorcery tradition and a grim set of legends that we consider as one of our missions spread it into the world.


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


Personal experiences, philosophy, nature, human nature, transcendence and so on.



7. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arrealhue'?


“Arrealhue” is a concept from the ancient sorcerers of this land. As we always post in a lot of places was the “warlock’s scream before flying” using their magical abilities. Etymologically, “arre” is a word used to order to an animal - a horse for example - to begin to walk, and “alhue” is a native’s word that means “ghost”, meaning something like "spirit, fly!". As you can see, this name contains the mixture that we talked about in a previous question, trying to bring to life a long tradition of witchcraft that remains untouched until these days. 

Further, we can add some interesting things about the nick names of some band members: for example, “Mal Cristiano” means something like “evil” Christian, but in our slang meant something like “unchristian” or “unbeliever" and was a popular nick name for sorcerers. 

The rest of the members nick names refers to ancient archetypes from our country tradition, and the musicians as a whole are “The majority”, the name of warlock’s organization that operated in the past in south of America. 


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


It was made through two years, not because was difficult to draw, but because was difficult to gather all the concepts that we wanted to portray in the cover. Is a depiction of an ancient warlock in his context and with its symbols, a reunion of elements containing his mysteries and knowledge. That’s why, as an example, you can see at his back an erupting volcano or an eight-pointed star being fully dominated by his hand.


9. So far, the band has not done any live shows, are you open to the idea in the future?


We are always open to good show proposals, but is a little difficult in our country because the poor development of our cultural scene in general. We are interested in big production proposals, with a real interest in the band and his concepts, and with dignity for the musicians. For example, here we don`t even have laws that compels producers to pay the band for their show. We have a lot to develop this in our country, so in the meantime, we do decide to not perform live here until some minimal conditions are assured.


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


Incredible. A lot of fans making us know that they love our music. Even in a review in Germany, despite the language gap, the reviewer describes the music exactly as we imagine it. That was surprising for us and make us to realize that we are walking the right way.


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


Working, working, working. There are a big number of things to say, melodies to play, images to show and situations to record.


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?


As a band, every member has their own style choices. As a composer, Mal Cristiano is influenced by Death and Black Metal (e.g. Dark Funeral, Immortal, Nile, Vital Remains, Borknagar and others), Chilean folk music and even classical music. He is interested nowadays in the proposals of bands like Akhlys, Aosoth, Aevangelist, the Ruins of Beverast and other great bands arisen in the last 10 years.


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


Only to thank to Occult Black Metal Zine for their interesting questions and invite the people to follow the band in all our internet media an RRSS:

FACEBOOK FANPAGE: https://web.facebook.com/arrealhue/

FACEBOOK: https://web.facebook.com/malcristiano.arrealhue  

INSTAGRAM: @arrealhue

BANDCAMP:  https://arrealhue.bandcamp.com/releases

SOUNDCLOUD. https://soundcloud.com/arrealhue

OFFICIAL EMAIL: arrealhuefolk@gmail.com

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/arrealhue

“POST LUX TENEBRAS” VIDEOCLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87kjKtp2SNs


You can hear ARREALHUE in the following digital sites: Itunes, Spotify, Google Play, CdBaby, Amazon, Deezer, Shazam, Rhapsody and many more.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/arrealhue-interview.html


Irae/Assim na Terra como no Inferno/Signal Rex/2022 Full Length Review

mercredi 16 novembre 2022 à 03:36

 


  Portugal's  solo  project  Irae  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  taking  his     raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  into  a  different  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Assim  na  Terra  como  no  Inferno"  which  will be  released  in  December  by  Signal  Rex.


  The  sounds  of  fire start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  classical  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  later  tracks  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  words  can  also b e  heard  briefly  and  on  one  song  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Darkness,  Occultism  and  End  Of  Humanity  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Irae  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMEBNDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Caminvh  Primitiv"  "Majestade  de  Sangue"  and  "Enforcamento".  8  out  of  10.


  http://irae666.bandcamp.com/album/assim-na-terra-como-no-inferno


facebook.com/irae666    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/iraeassim-na-terra-como-no.html


Order Of Nosferat/Vampiric Wrath Unleashed/Purity Through Fire/2022 Full Length Review

mardi 15 novembre 2022 à 04:50

 


  Germany/Poland's  Order  Of  Nosferat  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Vampiric  Wrath  Unleashed"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  keyboards  and   synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  more  underground  90's  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  dungeon  synth  style  instrumentals  which  also  serve  as  interludes  in  between  songs  


  On  this  recording  Order  Of  Nosferat  alternates  between  raw,  old  school  and  vampyric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  to  create  a  very  diverse  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampirism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Order  of  Nosferat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school,  vampyric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vampiric  Wrath  Unleashed"  "The  Abyss  of  Thousand  Nights"  and  "Hunting  Eyes  of  Fury".  8  out  of  10.


  www.facebook.com/Order-of-Nosferat-101630385169968  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/order-of-nosferatvampiric-wrath.html


Skála/The Secrecy/Eternal Death/2022 Full length Review

mardi 15 novembre 2022 à 03:37

 


     Skála  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  mystical  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "The  Secrecy"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Eternal  Death.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when t hey  are  utilized.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  The  songs  also  add  in a  lot  of  old  school  influences  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  goes  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a decent  amount  of  melody,  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  modern  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  track  also  introduces  clear  vocals  into  the  music  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion   Skála  are  a  very  great  sounding  mystical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit"  and  "Unmoor".  8  out  of  10.


  http://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/the-secrecy

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/skalathe-secrecyeternal-death2022-full.html


Hrad/The Forgotten Legacy/WereGnome Records/Huard Productions/Acid Vicious/2022 Full Length Review

lundi 14 novembre 2022 à 01:09

 


  Hrad  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "The  Forgotten  Legacy"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  WreGnome  Records.  Huard  Productions  and  Acid  Vicious.


  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  while  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  ae  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clear  chants  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  medieval  orientated  atmosphere  at  times.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  classical  guitars  into  the  music,  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  add  in  more  of  a  tribal  orientated  style  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  some  whispered  vocals,  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  and  war  samples.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Hrad  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDE  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Grim  Betrayal"  and  "War".  8  out  of  10.


  Necromant       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/hradthe-forgotten-legacyweregnome.html