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Scourge/Hate Metal/Greyhaze Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 4 mai 2014 à 00:31

  Scourge  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hate  Metal"  which  will  be  released  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  evil  sounding  synths  are  added  onto  the  album  along  with  some  black/death  metal  growls  and  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  more  brutal  sounding  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  technical  elements.

  The  vocals  seem  to  be  equally  influenced  by  both  death  and  black  metal  and  the  music  has  an  old school  feeling  that goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  along  with  the  guitar  leads  having  the  more  morbid  ancient  style  and  the  band  also  utilizes  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  The  band  also  brings  in  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  on  some  of  their  songs  as  well  as  adding  in  some  of  the  more old  school  Brazilian  black  and  death  metal  influences  into t heir  music  and  the  war  metal  elements  do  show  up  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  main  element  is  still  death  metal,  one  of  the  tracks  has  Wagner  Antichrist  of  Sarcofago  doing  some  back  up  vocals  and  alter  on  the  recording  the  bass  guitars  start  to  sound  more  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  some  thrash  elements  being  added  into  to  brutal  approach  to  extreme  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  a  couple  of their  songs  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Scourge  take  the  old  school  Brazilian  death  metal  sound  and  updates  it  with  a  more  war  like  blackened  metal  approach  to  make  the  music  sound  more  modern,  the  production  is  very  powerful  and  heavy  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion  and  Hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scourge  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  war  and  black  metal  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bread  That  God  Crushed"  "The  Ancient  Ritual  Of  The  Dead"  and  "Hate  Metal".  8  out  of  10.


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Forgotten Tomb/Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie des Todes - Live In Germany/Agonia Records/2014 Live Album Review

vendredi 2 mai 2014 à 23:08

  Forgotten  Tomb  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that h as  went  through  many  different  musical  directions  starting  with  black  metal  then  getting  more  depressive  and  doom  metal  influenced  on  later  releases  before  evolving  more  into  a  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  live  2014  album "Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie des Todes - Live In Germany"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  audience  reception  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the y play  one  of  the  newer  tracks  which  I  an  not  really  familiar  with  but  it  seems  to  be  in  a  more blackened  doom  metal  direction  while  still  having  the  depressive  style  screaming  vocals  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  guitar  leads  bring  in  a  very  melodic  sound  that  reminds  me  of  some  of  Paradise  lost's  material in  the  mid  90's  and  they  also  add  the  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  of  the  material  they  bring  onto  the  live  recording  has  a  more  modern  metal  feeling  to  it  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  newer  material  has  a  stoner  doom  metal  vibe  at  times  and  you  can  really  hear  it  in  their  music  when  the  melodic  vocals  start  to  kick  in  and  the  band  also  bring s in  some  of  their  more  older  material  which  I  am  more  familiar  with  and  the  musical  direction  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  more  melodic  doom  metal  of  early  Katatonia  and  the  band  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  sound  on  this  live  recording   with  no  blast  beats  or  fast  parts  being  utilized.

  With  this  live  album  Forgotten  Tomb  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  the  older  and  newer  material  which  show  2  different  sides  of  the  band  and as  well  as  making  the  live  recording  sound  very  diverse,  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  live  feeling  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  live  recording  from  Forgotten  Tomb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reject  Existence"  "Solitude  Ways"  and  "Disheartenment".  8  out  of  10.  


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Sutekh Hexen Interview

vendredi 2 mai 2014 à 21:37
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

All things conducive to our intentions: rehearsals, studying and writing.

At the end of May and in early June, we will be embarking on a short West Coast tour with our friends, Common Eider, King Eider for about 8 dates. There will be a limited c10 (returning to the format) split with Seattle, WA's BLSPHM, released in conjunction with this tour, featuring two new 5 minute tracks from each band. 

We have been busy working on the next full-length, which is about half completed. This will be a complex album, a natural progression in terms of instrumentation and the form for the continued evolution of band and we are very pleased with the direction this is going.

Before that happens though, we have a forthcoming collaborative 2xLP/c60 release with our brother Th. Tot of Trepaneringsritualen, titled 'One Hundred Year Storm' that was recorded live @Stella Natura festival in 2013 went into production last week and will be co-released byPesanta Urfolk and Cloister Recordings. 

Expanded CD editions of 'Become' and 'Monument of Decay' EP's being released by Cold Spring and Small Doses. Both editions will feature a new track not on the vinyl versions and exclusive to each CDEP. Our friends at Sentient Ruin will be issuing a c30 edition of 'Become' shortly, this will be the final installment of this EP and identical to the LP version, but w/new artwork. 

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?

Yes, the 'Monument of Decay' 12" EP (Black Horizons) and 2xc10 (Beläten) was released at the end of 2013. It is the final release featuring one founding member and two auxiliary members. 'Monument of Decay' channels and challenges previous sensibilities that Sutekh Hexen are known for and pushes certain aspects further (converging black metal and power-electronics); it has an undeniably fleeting essence to it, thus creating a very powerful experience.

3.The band has been around for 5 years and so far has released a lot of material, do you put a lot of time and effort into the band?

Yes, we would like to say so.

4.The song lyrics cover a good amount of occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Sutekh Hexen is the expression of shared interests amongst like-minded individuals; the Genesis of this project was based on esoteric themes, values and occurrences from various cultural perspectives.

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

(refer to the previous answer.)

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have played many memorable shows in the time of our short existence, it's really hard to say, because we have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to share bills with some of our best friends and several of our most respected peers.

Our stage performance can be visceral, but we probably have an entirely different perspective.

Individual participants have told us some really interesting things outside of the typical "that was cool" compliment, which is always good too, including more personal perspectives/interpretations, including feeling isolated, like they were the only one in the room, and being able to go deep within a realm of introspection they have never previously tapped into, one fellow witnessed a portal opening before him during our set, a really cool and reoccurring thing we hear is the internal development of narratives while we're performing, and one guy even told us once that he experienced absolute spiritual affliction, which is a very powerful thing.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes. A brief West Coast tour with Common Eider, King Eider at the end of May and beginning of June. There are some Summer plans being discussed and we are looking into some potential dates for the East Coast in 2015, but nothing is 100% confirmed at the moment.

8.The new ep came out on Sentinent Ruin, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sentinent Ruin is a DIY label run out of the Bay Area specializing in all things dark and heavy, Mattia is also a personal friend of ours. Thank you, Mattia.

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

Generally positive and without reservation, because black metal music is definitely one of our influences, not to be mistaken as our primary focus. We are marginal, too abstract for some die-hard metal folk and, you know, that is totally okay with us; concerning another spectrum, it sometimes sounds like we are too extreme for some experimental folks, yet appeal to their critical awareness. There is no compromise in what we do, so to have any kind of feedback at all is always a pleasure.

10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Andy: I am working currently on releases for my 2 solo projects... ACWAY(Vocal noise/ritual drone project) and THOABATH(blackened death industrial...sort of)... aDEMONSLEEPER/THOABATH split will be out by the time this interview is out. there are a handful of collabs in the works but it's too early to talk about them...

Kevin: currently working on several solo and collaborative material right now. Utech Recordswill be issuing 'The Emerald' 8" lathe very soon, this will be my first proper solo-release. I have a long-form dark-ambient project with Thomas Martin Ekelund (TxPxR) named OGHAM, that will be delivering their second full-length in 2015. An as of yet unnamed collaborative project withChristopher Walton (ENDVRA, Tenhornedbeast), that sound nothing like what either artist have output to date, and a project with emphasis on piano, field-recordings and electronics with long-time friend and Seattle musician, Demian Johnston.

Joshua: working on sound pieces for a couple of ongoing collaborations with local filmmakers for upcoming performances and DVD releases, recordings for solo blackened doom projectPlumes, and a solo multimedia performance based on the sonic vibrations of water forSoundwave ((6)) festival in the SF Bay Area.

Ryan: After about a 4year hiatus I've fully immersed myself in solo endeavors again, AZOG / R. JENCKS / CRUOR INCENDIA respectively. Just returned from a 3wk European tour, headed toEnde Tymes Fest in NYC next week. Also my counterpart of industrialnoise outfit PREYERS is moving back to the area so some releases should being seeing the light of day soon. AlsoDeathoes has a backlog of material waiting to come out. Always busy with DISPIRIT / WHITE PHOSPHOROUS.........

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

Hopefully the continuation of crossing musical-boundaries together, having great opportunities presented to us along the way and continuing to be supported by folks near and far who get what we are doing. 

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

Andy: Playing with Esoteric this last fall has rekindled my interest in funeral doom... but i've been listening to a lot of 70's electronic prog lately... especially  the darker stuff like Peter Frohmader and Igor Wakhevich. As well as the usual black metal, industrial noise ect... 

Kevin: I have been getting into some Kraut/psych/prog rock through Andy and our friend R.F. Palmer, exploring Tibetan Religious music, this Italian composer named Giancinto Scelsi who really understood the practice of sustained tension and release >> without mercy (really brutal stuff), Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd to stay grounded and always a healthy dose of the weirder black metal, which the French seem to be the masters of.

Joshua: Musique concrète, film music/scores - particularly the work of Edward Artemyev, Goblin, and Angelo Badalementi, west coast and cascadian black metal, and have also recently been revisiting some crusty Quebecois hardcore from the 90's such Union of Uranus, One Eyed God Prophecy, and Drift. 

Ryan: Scott Walker and SWANS.......

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Andy: Esoteric studies... brewing weird  beers... Ethnobotany.. I am a minor aquarist... 

Kevin: the outdoors, reading, vivariums and graphic design. 

Joshua: wilderness, wandering, and whiskey.

Ryan: Some things are better left secret........

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

Thank you.

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Shadowdream Interview

jeudi 1 mai 2014 à 00:27
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the music project these days?

Just recently I have signed with Italian label WormHole Death Records which will release my sixth full length album titled Um. This album also marks my 10 year musical work under the name Shadowdream. I must add that I am more than happy with collaboration with the WormHole Death, as they are very honest and professional label.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also ho does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I was preparing this album for three years, as not only the concept for it but the whole process of materializing this concept into the right sound was very exhausting. As with previous Shadowdream work, the album is dealing with certain themes I find mesmerizing and worth exploring.

The theme here are the struggles of a schizophrenic mind, the process of losing the touch with the reality and crossing the line into the deepest disturbances a human mind can produce. Therefore, the album title is Um, which is Serbian word for mind and the music I describe as “psychotic jazz”, but in a metaphorical way, as it is not, for example, psychotic in a free-jazz way. The music is a mixture of dark ambient and jazz.

On every Shadowdream record the music comes from within the theme, so some Shadowdream albums are more neoclassical, some electronic, some metal, but the core is the same – eclectic musical expression in order to enlighten me and individuals who want to think, as the music is always a two way process – It is not just what I compose, it is how the spectator on the other end perceive it. And everyone who thinks with their own mind will perceive it differently, that is the beauty of it.

3.The earlier material was more black metal but the newer stuff  is more ambient, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

First three releases were black metal, but as the concepts for the albums became more complex and my thirst for artistic exploration bloomed, I have progressed into ambient / neoclassical / jazz style, which still has black metal influences, they are just played and expressed differently.

4.What are some of the  concepts  and images you bring out with your newer music?

As for the latest album, I have already explained the concept behind it. Previous two albums were dealing with artistic and scientific spheres I hold very dear and close to me – Renaissance and Astronomy. With music I tried to evoke the human imagination in order to experience, if only for a minute, the greatness of the achievements these two themes brought to us.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadowdream'/

The inspiration and meaning behind the Shadowdream lies in the idea that Art gives an answer to what cannot be answered. Therefore, it gives me and people who listen to the music, a new dimension which could help understand as well as to pose new questions on the ideas and themes I am dealing with.

6.With this project you work all solo, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music?

Absolutely, as I have freedom to work at my own pace and there are no restrictions in how to approach the matter in question. As the themes are quite complex and require good background preparation i.e. reading and exploring the matter, the time and subjectivism is really important.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of dark ambient and black metal?

The feedback was great. I am very happy with that as I am not composing music to please anyone’s taste but mine.

8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Currently, there are two more bands I am involved in. First is a Serbian Black metal act Ancient Sorrow (, which is working on the upcoming EP, while second one is a Swedish Deaosophic Death/Black Metal Dys Inbunden (, that is currently working on second album and is in the progress of promoting the first album worldwide.

9.Where do you see the project heading into musically during the future?

I will need some time to clear my mind from the current album and concept behind it and search some new challenging ideas and themes in order to continue the Shadowdream. When I find the ideas, the musical style will start to come on it’s own.

10.According to the bio you have an interest in astronomy, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

That is correct. Astronomy was always a thing of interest for me, not just because it puts in perspective some of the greatest scientific questions, but because it shows us how insignificant we actually are on a grand scale. The whole symphony and cacophony happening at the same time is amazing to follow first hand and it inspires me in my Artistic journey.

11.Also the bio said you had an interest in Mayan Civilization and have written many essays about it, what is it that interests you about this ancient tribe?

The main interest behind the Mayas is their scientific achievements, which again brings me to the astronomical themes, but also the cultural and artistic features of this great civilization. However, the fall of the Mayas and the mysticism behind it is a driving force in my exploration of them.

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?

I basically listen to all sorts of musical styles and bands, as I can find something interesting in any number of them. Mainly, I listen to metal music, jazz, classical, electronic, rock etc., but am always open to exploring new horizons. Just now I am enjoying in the brooding atmosphere of Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones and Paimonia’s Disease Named Humanity, an excellent death/black record from this Serbian band.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

As I have an MA degree in Cinema, one of my greatest passions are moving images. I am a massive film collector as well as the owner of Sunsettlers Cinema, where I work as a film director, editor and director of photography. That is the reason why I create conceptual albums based on the program music style, as I want to create a film without moving images, just with music tones.

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

Thank you for the interview and to those few who read this to the very end.

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The Great Old Ones Interview

mercredi 30 avril 2014 à 00:52
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Jeff: Since the recording, we have worked on a new live show for a tour we made in april (Roadburn festival, Belgium...), which went very well. the new album was released recently, we already have some nice reviews and we look forward for more.

2. So far the band has released 2 albums and a single, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is presented on all of thew recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

We recorded 2 albums with Cyrille Gachet. For the first one, we experimented the sound. The sound of the first album is aerial, drums may be a little setback, it's a raw album. The second one has a much more powerful sound, we spent more days to record, drums are better mixed and the whole sound is more consistent.

3.The bands name and song lyrics come form the writings of H/.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interested in this author?

It's a fantasy author we read, mostly in our childness and we have pleasure in reading the stories again. We think that he really created a very special atmosphere, and with his own style he let something in his time, surely one of the greatest horror writer. "Mountains of Madness" is the perfect name, with this special dreammood. We also would recommend the Call of Cthulhu", "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others.

4.Does the band have any interest in Occultism?

We are not involved in occultism but we love everything around this subject in cinema, literature and art in general

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We believe that every set is a unique moment. So it is really difficult to choose a better show on an another. We discuss after each concert in order to improve ourselves. We can say that the Hellfest 2013 and Roadburn 2014 gigs were exceptional in terms of quality. During the show, we want to create a dark atmosphere using smoke, black dresscode and recently we add a lightman in the crew in a way to really have our own atmosphere on stage.

6.Do you have nay touring or show plans for the new album?

We will make the release party of the album in our county, we also have a gig in Toulouse with Kylesa and the Under The Black Sun festival near Berlin in July, the Motocultor Festival in August and maybe a european tour in October or November .....

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

At the moment, the return is more than favorable ..  We have a loyal fans following us in many concerts.

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Benjamin et I have a doom project called Drame, It's a project who speeks about the loss of the loved ones and it will be instrumental. I also have an accoustical project called « Frileuse ». Leo plays in a funk band called Massada and a jazz project, he also have a grind one named Obélix, Xavier has a drone project.

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

At the moment, we focus on the promotion of the new album, and in the future, we already have some ideas, but you will know about in the right time.

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?

We are influenced by black metal in general and bands like "Neurosis", "Cult of Luna", "Year of No Light", but we listen to many different styles,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also an illustrator and painter.

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

Thank you for this interview, you are invited to listen our new album on our bandcamp :

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