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Arrogant Destruktor Interview

jeudi 2 juillet 2015 à 09:26

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're Arrogant Destruktor. We are a two black metal band from the UK consisting of A.R (Guitars, Bass) and A.T (vocals). We formed in late 2012 and have released two demos and a full length album 'Amidst the blackest Void' released last year.

2.In September you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your two previous demos?
2. Our debut full length is a compilation of our two (now sold out) demo recordings and a couple of tracks we recorded specifically for the album. We always wanted to make black metal that was fast and barbaric, a no holes barred and stripped back sound, thrashy riffs with a style rooted in the old school but bringing other metal elements to the table. The drums on the album are performed by Anaal Nathrakh live drummer Steve Powell and Cancer's Carl Stokes who also engineered the album.

3.Your lyrics cover some Mythological and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. Our lyrics stem from different influences. I am a big fan of fantasy lore and ancient mythology is something that interests me. Also some of my favourite bands write similarly themed lyrics, King Diamond, Bal-Sagoth, Absu, Old Celtic frost and some of the older death metal bands such as Death and Morbid Angel have written this way which are huge influences.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arrogant Destruktor'?
4. The name actually came from the lyrics of the first song we wrote for our first demo 'Gold is the flesh of the sun god' which features on the album. The song is about a superior, celestial being who sets upon the destruction of the human race. We thought it sounded fitting for our music.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning in expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. At the moment, it's just the two of us. We haven't taken Arrogant Destruktor to a live environment just yet but it is something we'd like to do under the correct circumstances and with the right individuals. In the studio, Arrogant Destruktor is a two piece and will likely stay that way in the future.

6.The album was released on Wolfspell Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
6. Wolfspell are a small polish label. I believe our album was his second CD release. We were approached by Michal from the label who liked the sound, wanted to do the album with us and a few months later 'Amidst the blackest void' came along.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7.  Both are demo's and subsequently our album have received great reviews, the feedback from listeners of the album has been excellent. Obviously, at this time we are a small underground band with our album on a small underground label, so there's a lot of people who haven't heard it and are unaware of the band so we'd like that to change.

8.Are any of the band members are involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
8. Yes, A.T is currently the vocalist for an underground death metal band called Merciless Tide. As mentioned, the drumming on our album was handled by Steve Powell of Anaal Nathrakh and Carl Stokes from Cancer.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We're currently busy writing our next album, we have about 70% of it written, so far it's sounding strong, the tracks we've written are better than anything we've written before and also darker and more chaotic and we are looking for a label to work with regarding any future releases. We'd also like to bring Arrogant Destruktor to a live environment at some point 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?
10. Some have likened us to bands such as Bathory and Darkthrone but our influences come from elsewhere, Bands such as Celtic Frost, Master's Hammer, Absu and Satyricon for example. We both currently enjoy a wide range of music, mostly black metal and death metal. Voices, A forest of stars and The Meads of Asphodel are just a few from the UK that I've been enjoying recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Not much non musical really, we go to work, we attend gigs and we write and listen to black metal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Stay tuned to our Facebook page; www for updates from Arrogant Destruktor, our album 'Amidst the blackest void' is available now directly from the band and thank you OccultBlackMetalZine for the great review and interview!

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Y/De Occulta Philosophia/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 2 juillet 2015 à 08:55

  Y  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2015  album  "De  Occulta  Philosophia".

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  and  the  music also  brings  in  ambient  soundscapes  as  well  as  a  touch  of  noise  and  after  a  few  minutes  deep  demonic  voices  are  added  into  the  music and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  on  the  second  track  heavy  and  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  the  ambient  and  experimental  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  some  evil  screams,  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  music  also  gets  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  early  90's  tradition  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  At  times  the  vocals bring  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  quality  at  times  and  there  are  also  some  melodic  vocals  and  chants  being  used  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  is  in  black  metal mode  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  parts  of  the  songs  bring in  a  touch  of  avant  garde  classical  music.

  Y  creates  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  dark  ambient,  avant  garde,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  also  adds  in  a  good  dose  of  raw  occult  black  metal  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  Heinrich  Cornelius  Aggrippa's  "De  Occulta  Philosophia  and  also  brings  in  the  rituals  that  where written  in  the  book  and  mixes  them  in  with  music.

  In  my  opinion  Y  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  |RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liber  I:  Rex  Filius Belial"  "Liber II: Regina Microcosmus Sacred language".  8  out  of  10.

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Narbeleth/Through Blackness, And Remote Places/Folter Records 2015 CD Review

mercredi 1 juillet 2015 à 09:06

  Narbeleth  are  a  band  from  Cuba  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Through Blackness, And Remote Places"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  black  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  in  some  parts of  the  songs  the  vocals  get  very  angry  and  menacing  sounding  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Judas  Iscariot's  "Gaze  Upon  The  Heaven  In  Flames".

  Narbeleth  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  is  in  a  very  fast,  raw  and  blasphemous  second  wave  direction  and  ignores  any  of  the  current  style  to  return  black  metal  back  to  its  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Narbeleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw,  and  blasphemous  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sons  Of  The  Grand  Cosmic  Emanation"  "The  Lightbringer"  and  "Gaze  Upon  The  Heaven  In  Flames".  8  out  of  10.

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Deadspace Interview

mercredi 1 juillet 2015 à 07:04
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

So far we have released 2 music videos, have been filling up our performance calendar for the rest of the year and gearing up to record a lengthier follow up record very soon.

2.In April you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well we would hope that it is perceived to be drenched with raw emotion and passion. Depression, triumph, pain, relief, despair, beauty, disgust and a whole range of other human struggles.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

"The Promise Of Oblivion" is really an expression/celebration of being human. It allows you to feel a range of different emotions and never really quite know what you're feeling or why. In our opinion, that is the human condition. These are all things we live with.. depression, pain and at the same time struggling to keep these things suppressed. This record was our way of letting these things wild.

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

Deadspace actually started as an ambient project back when Chris was writing on his own. He used to write little loops that he could just put on and cease existence. It was kind of like his place away from reality.. or his 'deadspace'. So it just developed from there. There was no intentional relation to the video game. Although we like that it reminds a lot of people of something else they enjoy.

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've only played one show so far. Our stage performance, I guess, is just honest. It's really just how we feel the music, which we feel is intense so looking back on our performance I'd say that is the first word that springs to mind. That is a hard one to answer.

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

We have a few decent shows coming up in Perth supporting some incredible outfits from our eastern states. In October we're looking at heading over to Melbourne for a run of shows and eventually getting overseas on some tours..

7.In December you were part of a split with Onomy, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the split?

Well this is back when Deadspace was just Chris writing ambient music. This is how Chris met Drew who was part of Deadspace for the debut album. So I guess that was really the beginning of a pretty big thing for this band.

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

We didn't really look for anything with our first record. We are currently looking into doing another record with a higher recording budget. We will see if we get any bites on this new one.

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

Surprisingly, people seem to get exactly where we're coming from. We haven't got one poor review yet (not publicly anyway).. which was a massive shock. As much as there are massive elements of depressive black metal, Deadspace is sort of coming from a different place. So we are extremely surprised we haven't been ripped to shreds (yet).

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

Drew has a project called Ur Draugr. They are a studio project and have a new record coming out soon. Drew is always writing something, whether it be dark ambient or blackened death metal. Ben, our drummer, plays drums in a band called Sanzu who have a new EP out and an album on the horizon. One of the hardest working, tightest bands in Perth. Nish has his band Xenobiotic, they have an album on the horizon also and a few things in the works. And Oli plays in a band called Cloak And Dagger, an upcoming metalcore band who are about to hit the studio again.

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

We are 11 tracks into writing our next record. The raw material is basically all the elements of "Promise".. but taken to the next level. The black metal is faster and more powerful, the doom is slower, the emotion is all there, the ambience is bigger. We are going into Electric City Studios with our friend Sam Allen (Earth Rot, Wardaemonic, Cursed Earth) to record this next record. Everything he does sounds HUGE. So we feel like this record will actually be the perfect mix of more raw, and more polished, most likely all in the right ways.

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?

Anything from Shining, Taake, Lifelover to Beastmilk, God Is An Astronaut, Placebo. Basically anything emotive.. Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails.

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

Thanks for having us.

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Minneriket Interview

mardi 30 juin 2015 à 06:45
Interview with Stein Akslen (Minneriket) for Occult Black Metal Zine.

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

Stein A: The first recordings started early 2014, and incorporated ideas that were a lot older. It’s a solo project, working in my own pace and treading on some new ground. I wanted an outlet for the more traditional and oldschool Black Metal sound, focusing purely on atmosphere, and decided not to tamper with any existing projects and rather start from scratch, letting the project shape itself as I went along. In a way, it’s a romantic and contemplative approach to Black Metal.

2.Recently you have released your fist album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Stein A:, On the debut album «Vargtimen» the ambiences of instruments and their sonic position in the musical landscape takes precedence to fuel the creative process. Holistic songwriting, if you want. It’s raw, it’s lo-fi and partly nostalgic, combining the ambiences with the dynamics to present a unique dark sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some Pagan and Existentialism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Stein A: Somehow I think everything I touch ends up related to those labels, but I’d avoid labeling Minneriket as either of them. The lyrics are very introvert, consisting of both the contemplative existensialism and the pagan imagery as a catalyst for further reflection. Most of the lyrics are in Norwegian, some in English, and I think the ones in English might be more accessible for some, while the ones in Norwegian is closer to heart.

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

The meaning of «Minneriket» is, literally, «the realm of memories», which describes the romantic approach to the music, partly living in some kind of esoteric, transcendent past. I consider the name as an image for the Mímisbrunnr, the well located under the root of Yggdrasill in Jötunheimr where Óðinn sacrificed his eye to grow in knowledge. A timeless source of wisdom and visions. Several years ago, I released a book with the same title, a limited print-on-demand feature including translations and commentary of an Old Norse poem, and other artistic endeavours as poetry and photography. One of the texts there written almost ten years ago, is a poem in nine parts called «Minneriket», and gave name to the book, and now the band, and were used as the lyrics for the last track on the album.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians in other bands and projects, how would you compare the two?

Stein A: Yes, I have collaborated both locally and internationally with other bands, and the creative process is completely different from each band to the next. It all comes down to finding the right combination of igniting sparks and filling voids. Blodsgard is perhaps the most unorthodox approach, where I focus on the lyrics and conveying a state of mind, then Rex, a musical mastermind, translates this into music to create the entity that Blodsgard has become. Working completely solo, like I do in Minneriket and in other ambient projects, has both it’s pros and cons. It’s total freedom, your own pace, and the process of creating from scratch is rewarding. At the same time, it creates limits and challenges, and the lack of input from others during the creation can be just as much a gift as a curse. Either way, the approach you take should be related to the art you wish to present, and in this case, it is a solitary work of art.

6.Your self released the album on 'Akslen Black Art Records', is this a label for your music only or do you plan on expanding by signing other bands?

Stein A: So far I’ve only released albums there by my own projects, Minneriket and V0id&Khaos, and I intend it to stay that way, at least for now. I wouldn’t have the time, or capability, to give other bands the focus they would deserve. ABAR is mostly there to enable an existence and to remain in complete control of the finished material, and not have external labels tear down what you try to do with their incompetence. For this project, freedom and control is a lot more important than the capitalist greed of the music industry, which really has nothing to offer anymore sans promotion. 

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

Stein A: When you work in a genre like Black Metal, catering to the very few, the feedback is irrelevant to your own sense of accomplishments. Some like it, some don’t. But I do appreciate the feedback when people tell their stories, how the music has touched or inspired them in some way. Moments like that are always powerful, and the best kind of feedback is when people actually connect to your music.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Stein A: After we spent about five years recording «Monument» by Blodsgard we needed to take a time off from that, and reconnect to it when the time is right. We’ve been spinning plans for our sophomore album for a long time, and I already did some lyrical groundwork back in late 2013, but a new album is still a few years away. V0id&Khaos will have a new Dark Ambient release out in the not-so-distant future, and I’ve already begun the writing on the next Minneriket album.

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

Stein A: Expanding, I hope. I can’t stand being static or in a standstill position when it comes to creativity. My contributions to music will forever be rooted in the darker aspects of Black Metal and Ambient, but I’d love to approach the gothic and melancholic genres someday. I’m not much of a metal fan really, I prefer the black in Black Metal, and not the metal. Hopefully I’ll be able to shape Minneriket into the notorious outfit I imagine it has the power to become.

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?

Stein A: Mainly Burzum, without a doubt. But of course other bands like Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Seigmen, Trelldom, Vond, Shining (Swe), etc. All these bands cast large shadows, and that’s well deserved. I don’t listen to much music these days, not much new music at least. Mourning Ritual made a great cover of «Bad Moon Rising» that I’ve been spinning pretty much since it got released, and there’s a Norwegian melancholic rock/metal band called I Lit the Sun who released an excellent album called «Horizon» recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Stein A: Virgin sacrifices and the destruction of public property of course. And a wicked sense of humour. I could list on and on about nature, contemporary art and litterature, but I have a feeling it would sound like a dating ad, so I’ll refrain from the namedropping.

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

Stein A: Thank you for your interest in Minneriket. The debut album «Vargtimen» was released recently on summer solstice both on cassette tape and CD as well as a digital download. There was also made a special box set, containing the cassette tape, a lyric sheet/logo posters, black and white feathers, graveyard dirt, bone dust, human bones and wooden carved runes. I find it important to offer something special to the true fans in this day of digital decay. For those interested, the limited box set is now sold out, but there’s still some CDs and tapes left at The whole album is also available for streaming there. If there’s any wish to interact, Minneriket also has an official Facebook page.

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