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When Bitter Spring Sleeps Interview

dimanche 13 septembre 2015 à 00:43
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

The music of When Bitter Spring Sleeps has gone through a lot of transformations. In the beginning, the purpose was to commune ritually with Nature while performing live in the forest. The first recordings were extremely archaic, and the general view seems to be that the background sounds were too loud in comparison to the music. But, that was entirely the point. WBSS was demonstrating that the sound of Nature IS music. And it is MORE important than the music created by humanity. Over time, WBSS recordings transformed to using a lot of nature sounds to very little. The latest album "Spirit in Flames" uses only a few nature interludes to set the stage for it's musical folk tales. Whereas past songs were mainly expressing my personal feelings about the failures of humanity to respect nature as our equal, the songs on both "Spirit in Flames" and "Coven of the Wolves" center on a Pagan / Heathen rebirth and spirituality. Some of these songs are an original folk tale of a tribe of wolves bred by a vengeful and magickal outcast to bring about the downfall of man.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Powerful, but not overproduced. I wanted it to sound like a good quality black metal demo where each instrument is clearly heard. Overall, I wanted this to be about the SONGS and not the performance of the instruments. The drums are intentionally old-school thrash/punk beats. I love double-bass, but it just doesn't fit in my music. Also, I love guitar solos, but I'm not that great of a guitarist, so I focus on memorable riffs. Colin Marston did a great job with the mastering. He took my mix and made it really strong. In the past, I wanted WBSS to be very murky, with intertwining elements that alternately swim in and out of the mix and I wanted you to have to strain to hear each part to the extent that your imagination has to fill in the melodies. Like Paysage D'hiver.

3.When I listened to the album you had a lot of raw black metal riffs but only use clean vocals instead of screams, what was the decision behind going into this direction?

Though I personally love the sound of screams in black metal and always will, I felt that the lyrics of WBSS songs needed to be clear. Many listeners will never purchase the CD, so the lyrics would be lost on them without clean vocals. While many black metal acts want to sound mysterious and obscure, I respect that, but the purpose of WBSS is to express the concepts as plainly as possible. And always, I want to be unique. Clean vocals with black metal has not yet been overdone.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The main focus of the lyrical concept is that humanity needs to change it's attitude toward nature from one of ownership to one of honor and respect. I wanted this album to express a feeling of hope and a challenge to have the strength to change.

Since I've always appreciated songs that have a story, the folk tale of the wolves is used to portray a pagan rebirth and the downfall of man as ruler of Earth. In the story, when the wolves are freed by their master, they set events in motion that bring about the end of modernity. The songs show the annihilation of nature through a wolve's eyes. They reveal that the wolves' Matriarch - an alpha female - can burn away anything she touches. The wolves use her powers to their strategic advantage. "Raven in the Ribcage" is based on scientific fact. Even the native americans knew that wolves and ravens share a symbiotic relationship. Ravens follow wolves to the kill, since they know there will be a meal involved. Likewise, wolves look for ravens to reveal a fallen animal from a distance. The song takes this concept further by postulating that the wolves believe that a raven is actually the soul of fallen wolves transformed. They believe the raven can fly between this life and the Summerlands, or afterlife. The atmospheric songs equate the wolves' fears and longings with our own: What is the purpose of our suffering? Why is our world being ruined?

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'When Bitter Spring Sleeps'?

I wanted to anthropomorphise the season of Spring. Most people see Spring only as a joyous time of regeneration for ourselves. But, what if Spring can feel? Doesn't it breathe and sleep? WBSS also described a similar idea in the song "what the Rain Knows": the world seen through the eye of a drop of rain.

6.At one time the musical project was a duo but now only has one member, are you open to working with other musicians again on the project or do you prefer the solo route?

At one time members of S.A.P. were providing various inputs, vocals and drums. Now it is entirely a solo project. I'm actually open to working with other musicians. Our various work schedules make it very difficult, of course.

7.You have ran 'Pagan Flames Productions' for many years can you give us an update on what is going on with the label these days?

The label has been a major part of my life for a lot of years. It's always been a tremendous amount of work for very little pay. However, I have discovered so much great metal, and met so many amazing artists and labels over the years that there's no way I could ever give it up. It's really exciting to work with groundbreaking bands like Njiqhadda and also to see Panopticon rise to international fame. Though, I was also relieved to have another fine label like Bindrune step in for Panopticon as his fan base is rabid for his music. Austin is still a great friend, but I just couldn't keep up with him, haha! As soon as those LPs sold out, I found myself with so much spare time, I thought I might as well start writing some new music.

In the future, Pagan Flames has some very underground, very pagan and nature-oriented releases planned. I'm always looking for new acts to release, but I'll probably focus on expanding the distro in the coming years instead of expanding the label.

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

I don't follow the internet news too much, and I doubt my music will have too great an appeal because of the raw recordings. So, I can't even guess at that. Whenever I hear modern releases from any of the bigger labels, I can't believe the ridiculous over-production put into the metal albums. They sound impossible! They have a hundred guitar tracks and the drums are inside your head. I like albums that sound raw and grimy and mean and that has never been much of a selling point for music. Since I grew up hearing low cost, low quality recordings, it just sounds right to my ears.

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

S.A.P. is the only other semi-active project. We have a completed EP that we have yet to mix and release, but no new material has been composed for some time.

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

I've starting writing new songs already for another album and they are already more melodic than previous works. I want to incorporate more guitar synth in the songs, but otherwise it will always be some form of underground metal. Either black metal or doom metal, or both. I have experimented a lot with ambient and atmospheric music, but it is always to accompany the metal aspect.

11.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?

I listen to metal almost exclusively. I grew up on thrash metal and death metal. I went to sleep every night for years listening to Possessed "Beyond the Gates" - one of my all time favorite albums. A lot of Dark Angel and Kreator, too. In the 90's I was obsessed with doom like Solitude Aeturnus, Trouble, and Skepticism. Lately, I listen to mostly new underground black metal and classic metal like Accept, WASP, Lizzy Borden. The new underground bands are really great at coming up with amazing atmospheres, the old bands are better songwriters. Of course, it should be obvious that I really like Primodial. He is my favorite vocalist in modern metal. I respect their very straightforward songwriting and style. They don't try to be someone they aren't. And if you see them live, you would follow them into war.

There's so many great bands today, I never get tired of metal. There are a thousand new bands every day, it seems, I just wish I had the time to listen to them all!

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I proudly call myself Pagan. It's more of a worldview for me. Everything is connected in a natural way, a cycle that regenerates itself. I believe that we are all part of this great organism called the Earth, and for a short time, we are separate enough to have our own self-awareness, but when we die, we'll return to become once more a small part of the whole. I also have no problem with understanding nature from a scientific perspective. Science and technology is only dangerous when it is used to replace nature. Nature is perfect, and can't be improved upon. If only we could accept that and learn to be more symbiotic with nature, then our species might start to evolve again.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Growing my own food, and electronics repair. I spend a lot of time outside planting. In the beginning, it was literally to return to my pagan self. When your fingers are in the soil and you can smell the earth, you are one with nature. After all, soil is where we came from and where we will return. There's an incredible magic in the soil. It can turn a seed into a tree. My interest is electronics, though it may seem strange to someone who considers himself pagan, but I see it in a different way. Electronics are simply our attempt to emulate nature's machines. Unfortunately, most of our technology fails in this respect, since it can neither restore or replicate itself like nature. Carl Sagan told us in his last book, that every man must understand technology in detail, or it will be used to control you. If you can understand how technology works and repair it, then you are the master. And, hopefully, no one believes that black metal artists live in castles and record their music with magic. It takes a bit of self-education and technology to record an album on your own. I started repairing things to keep my small studio functioning with little cost.

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

I have both great apprehension and hope for the future of this world. I feel that I am haunted by a macrovision. I don't claim to have higher insight. But, I tend to see things as just parts of larger events. Though you have to focus on small tasks each day to achieve larger accomplishments, we as a species need to start looking at our own behaviors and how those will affect the future. Every small thing we do can have an impact on nature as a whole. And even if we think nature is only here to serve us, we had better learn to nurture it or we doom ourselves as well. My decision to give all profits to Defenders is not to be confused with a xtian act, but to support the survival of one of the most intelligent and beautiful species on earth, the wolf. I figured black metal fans would be honored to support this cause, since the wolf is sort of our spirit animal. They live like every day is their last, they protect their own, and have a great understanding of themselves and their habitat.
Thanks very much for the interview and keep listening to the metal!

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Serpent Seed Interview

vendredi 11 septembre 2015 à 07:33

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Band was formed In 2012. It was only a project but our passion and will of creation after years of absence made that we formed Serpent Seed. Music we create is result of our musical taste and experience that we collected in former bands we played in , has influence on its today’s form. In 2013 Wojtass jojned the band and soon after that we entered studio to record Debris Of Faith.

In November you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music that you can hear on Debris Of Faith is defined as a melodic black-death metal. Tracks on the album vary. As I mentioned before they are result of our musical taste so you can here many of black, death, thrash or doom metal motives on the whole album. We don’t want to create something new what will make the revolution in metal world. We didn’t use any electronics upgrades or effects when recording. We wanted that album sound raw and heavy. In my opinion we created crippling wall of sound which will satisfy many old school black -death metal fans.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We stand up on music rather than lyrical content. The country we live is dominated by a Christian church. Clergy have huge political and financial influence but priests enjoy exclusive lives. That's why many lyrics contain anticlerical content because we don’t agree with that politics. Other lyrics are an art only.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Serpent Seed'?
We were only project without name for a long time. We wanted the name will reflect band’s spirit and its character. We wish that our music brings forth what is within listeners. That ancient anger that can told “Fuck ! I don’t agree, I won’t be submissive, I withstand!” The power that we have inside which the church and its followers are trying to damp. The name Serpent Seed doesn’t support popular doctrine about Nephilim. We translate this as a devil’s spawn.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Up till now we had few gigs with current lineup. We are normally working and band is only our passion . We give all our best on the stage and we are trying to give power that a Serpent Seed’s music brings. My best gig so far was with Valkenrag in the Luka Club, Lodz.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Temporarily we have vacations but we will start with gigs from September. More details on our fan page.
The album was released on The End Of Time Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the label?
The End of Time Records is small, independent record. Dev is person that stays behind this label. He is an enthusiast and one of many people that stands up on a music not product to sell. This agreement suits us and our cooperation is very good. I recommend to become familiar with other good bands from this label .

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We are surprised that our music have great reception over the world. Complimentary reviews are still coming what proves that our hard work we put in production didn’t go down the drain and Serpent’s Seed is planted on new black hearts of metalheads all over the world.

Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
All of us were involved in any metal band or project before . Bands we played were War, Lugburz, Slain, Architect Of Disease and some less important projects.

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

A band is still in progress. All the time we are working on new material. We wish that new release won’t be copy of something we heard on Debris Of Faith. Hope we will surprise our fans with something new but won’t miss band’s character at the same time.

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?
Average age of band’s member is about 40. We grew up in golden ages for metal scene where nobody cared about black, death, thrash or heavy metal segregation. More of metal genre that we have nowadays hasn’t existed yet. Everyone listened to just metal and our appetites and musical horizons were endless. Our music alludes to bands we listened to and what imprinted its own stamp on our souls. We don’t want to create new genre of metal. We are playing what we want and don’t care if we move beyond black-death metal frame. 

Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Satanism or occultism appears In our lyrics but it’s only form of expression. Belief in Satan imposing necessity of God belief what is dissonant with my point of view. If I only see possibility to strike the hypocritical and greedy clergy I do it with pleasure thanks to our lyrics.

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

Thanks for interview and that You interested In music we play. Greetings to our fans and bands we shared stages on gigs.

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Mephorash/1557 - Rites Of Nullification/Odium Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 11 septembre 2015 à 06:23

   Mephorash  are  a  band from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "1557 - Rites Of Nullification"  which  was  released  by  Odium  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  before  adding  into   growls  and  heavier  guitars  that  also  adds  a  touch  of  blackened  death  metal  onto  the recording  and  after  awhile  melodies  and grim  black  metal  scrteams  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music.

 All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  the  clean  playing gives  the songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  also  utilizes  a  decent amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  tracks  also  use  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  have  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  technical  feeling.

  With  this  recording  Mephorash  change  their  sound  around  quite  a  bit  adding  in  more  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  displaying  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musician's  while  the  music  still  has  it  fast  and  grim  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Quabalah  and  Qlipitoth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mephorash  and  if  you  area  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Riphyon  -  The  Tree  Of  Life  Putrescent"  and  "Cheidolun  -  Destroying  The  Blade  Of  Beriah".  8  out  of  10.  


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Animus Mortis/Empty/Invocations From The Innominute Void/Nebular Carcoma Records/2015 Split Cassette Review

mardi 8 septembre 2015 à 02:33

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Chile's  Animus  Mortis  and  Spain's  Empty  called  "Invocations From The Innominute Void" which  was  released  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Animus  Mortis  a  band  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  cold  and  desolate  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  raw  black metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  the  songs  also  use  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hermetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Animus  Mortis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cold,  desolate  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hermetic  Axioma".

  Next  up  is  Empty  a  band  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  grim  screams  that  also  get  depressive  at  times  and  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  both  of  their  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  sounds  and  clean  playing, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  emptiness,  despair,  solitude  and  negativity  themes.

  In my  opinion  Empty  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Most  Silent  Of  All  Hours".

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

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Dark Managarm/Victorious March/Iron, Blood &Death Corporation/2015 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 8 septembre 2015 à 01:33

  Dark  Managarm  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this   is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Victorious March"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation  along  with  a  couple of  tracks  that  where  not  on  the  original  version.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  soem  high  pitched  screams  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  the  90's  Swedish  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  influences  and  the  last  track  on  the  original  album  before  the  bonus tracks  bring  in  the  sounds  of  war  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  2  bonus  traks  also  remain  true  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  With  this  recording  Dark  Managarm  played  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  was  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  along  with  some  melodies  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  90's  Swedish  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Managarm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  the  Universe"  "Show  Us  the  Way  Towards  Khaos"  "Slave  Of  Religion"  and  "Possessed".  8  out  of  10.  


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