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FT-17 Interview

mercredi 3 février 2016 à 19:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

FT-17 is an extreme melodic metal band from France. Half of us also play in Ad Extirpenda. Aside from this, we have a pianist, a narrator -who plays a key rôle since our album is nothing but a story-, and a special performance from soprano Soazg Couëdel on one track.
The band was realy built up around the story to tell.

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

The purpose of the album is to tell a story, hence we did not focus on a given style. This is mostly melodic death/black metal but there are thrash, heavy, gothic and doom elements for instance.

This is the same for the sound. It can be sometimes raw, harsh and sometimes more depressing. There were of course a guideline to conserve the homogeneity of the whole structure. For instance, there is no keyboard aside from the piano.

I think the most difficult part was to render it during the mix. Hopefully, we had the chance to work with Vamacara studio and the result is amazing as you can hear.

3.The lyrics deal with World War I, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We're actually right in the middle of the century of this war. I think WWI is underexposed when you compare with WWII for instance. However, this is a crucial and critical part of history.
It was the first modern war in many aspects. Hopefully, there are tons of archives, especialy letters from soldiers.

I read a lot of these letters, particularly those written by 5 different men who served as a basis in the construction of Marcellin's character.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'FT-17'?

Well, at a first glance, FT-17 is the codename of a light tank manufactured by Renault and which is often called «the victory tank» or «the father of all tanks». While it was not the first tank to be used in combat, it had a revolutionary design that inspired all modern tanks. It was one of the reasons of the allies' victory. Yes, allies were way ahead German's technology on tanks back then!

There is also a secret meaning deeply related to the story but I will keep the secret on that for now.

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

At first, the band was not meant to play live. So we didn't play any concerts as FT-17 yet.
However, since we are really happy with the album, we decided to prepare for a little tour.

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

Yes, we are currently planning a few dates in the end of spring. It is too early to give details yet.

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

Well, if a serious label is interested, we'll be happy of course.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Really very good up to now. We hope that it will continue.

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

It is too early to speak about the future beyond the tour since FT-17 was created as a side-project.
However, if the feedback continues to be that good, who knows.

10.What are some of the bands and musical styles that have influenced the music of Ft-17'?

There are tons of them and it is not possible to cite every one. Among the most obvious let's cite Death, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Emperor, Enslaved, Iron Maiden, Arcturus, Borknagar...
There are also a few classical and jazz musicians of course.

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

Thanks for the interview!
We'll be happy to talks about our music or the story, so if someone has an opinion, he's welcome to contact us.

Let us finish by paying tribute to all soldiers and civilians who where victims of WWI. 

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Protean/The Burning Centuries/Beverina Productions 2015 Full Length Review

mercredi 3 février 2016 à 00:21

  Protean  are  a  band  from  Latvia  that  plays  a  very  epic  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  burning  Centuries"  which  was  released  by  Beverina  Productions.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  that  also  almost  border  on  growls  at times  as  well  as  some  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  in  both  the  rhythms  and  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  also  get somewhat  melodic  at  times  while  still  having  a  roughness  to  them.

  Elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard in  the  music  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  chants  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  atmosphere.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars  along  with  folk  instruments  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  towards  the  end  melodic  clean  singing  makes  its  presence  known  while  some  riffs  also  start  displaying  an  influence  of  thrash.

  Protean  plays  a  style  of  pagan  metal  that  is  very  epic  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  an  original  recording,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the Punic  Wars,  Northmen  Sagas,  Latvian  Mythology,  and  Legends  of  Foreign  Sorceror  lords.

  In  my  opinion  Protean  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Army"  "Swordwraith"  and  "Sorceror  Baron". 8  out  of  10.



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Last Decline/Escape/Beverina Productions/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 2 février 2016 à 23:12

  Last  Decline  are  a  band  from  Latvia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Escape"  which  was  released  by Beverina  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  once  the  fast  pitched  screams  kick  in t he  music  starts  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times.

 Throughout  the  whole  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  great  amount  of  riffing  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  evoking  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a brie f use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  music  also  always  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy,  dark  and  raw  musical  direction.

  Last  Decline  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  more  raw,  heavy  and  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  going  back  to  the  early  days  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suicide  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Last  Decline  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Process  Of  Dying"  "Blind  Mans  Dream"  "When  i  Saw  Blood  on  Your  Eyes"  and  "  Escape".  8  out  of  10.


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Vanad Varjud Interview

mardi 2 février 2016 à 21:23
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hello, Sorts Apostata here from Vanad Varjud. Well, at the moment we are waiting to get CD-s of our release. We have not yet received those. And I got just news that our very first t-shirt patch is ready. So lots of „sleepless” days and waiting going on. Otherwise we are preparing to one new song, well it is not quite new, it was left out from „Dismal Grandeur....” for different reason and we have plan to put it on one special compilation release but at this moment I rather not reveal much of that. I am also (actually constantly in my head) working on ideas and new material.  Hope to lay some demo material for new material this year, but we shall see...

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

Second release continues to wander in the same path as in the first release „Apooriad” though maybe in little bit different direction, this time more colder. It is world of eerie atmospheres filled with four journeys to darkness,  despair, solitude, confusion and pain that is bonded and may even considered as a somehow story in a key of cold drone solitary black metal.

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

First I try not to tell anybody nothing. I have no answers. I try to keep my lyrics (or lyrics I use) free of dogmas and let people themselves make their decisions and what ideas they will get from the it, if at all. My lyrical choices are kind a in equal portion: my own expression/exploration/creating aura/psychology of inner darkness/ solitude / drama. And mostly based on my own experiences. What else there is You can relay on, right?
Most of the time we relay all sorts of entities, gods and other people in our dark moments or whatever moments or most of the time we ignore all the darkness (and things what it presents) and do not want to face it and we ignore and fail to learn when we should learn from it. Imho human evolves only in a kind a crisis situation, in a state of eudaemonia human usually is not moving forward.  So I try to explore these areas when man has left out all „crutches” and has only himself and how you cannot escape these things anymore in solitude and there is not anyone left but yourself and all the masks are ripped off... – Left In the dark (btw very good Seal Bliss song, wish I had written it, very great aura, lyrics, etc..that haunting horn!) You can find much more satisfaction, peace and wisdom from Your inner world than from crowded and mostly empty surroundings.
Kind a hard to explain all that content, I myself are on that journey so well see where it takes me...
Of course there is more topics I am interested in and new release probably I will go little bit different direction but too early to talk about that.

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

Vanad Varjud – Old Shadows in Estonian. Shadows are getting old, night and darkness is coming. Night time is for me best time to think, enjoy the mystery of my inner world, calm and haunting, solitary, mystery, sexual, gothic.. etc. something different always wakes when night comes, something... Same time Vanad Varjud means some ancient knowledge that has never left this world and we have forgotten and It keeps to remind us of...I never much have enjoyed this modern kind of culture...Vanad Varjud  for me is kind an opposite to that...

5.So far the band has never played any live shows, do you feel this type of setting takes away from the atmosphere of the genre?
Yes, You are in the right track. I have played many years live with totally different projects and in some point in my life it just did not felt right anymore, I did not feel nothing on the stage anymore. And with Vanad Varjud we have not performed live for different reason. First and most important  thing is that I have to be 100%  sure that we can create right atmosphere for us and for audience. And after I decided not to perform on stage anymore I have now different thoughts and I Yes I have now some ideas maybe to do some performances. But these will be very few and only when all seems to fit in place and as I mention when we feel we can bring that aura in that kind of situation we will do it but otherwise at the moment I do not see Vanad Varjud on stage as a live performing project but I do not see what future brings and things have tendency to change in an unexpected way so....who knows.

6.The new album was released on Symbol Of Domination productions' how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Hexenreich Records'?

I have been lucky. It has been very good with Hexenreich Records and with new partners as well.
Actually new release is split release between three labels – Symbol Of Domination/Hexenreich Records/Arcana Noctis. It all started when we were discussing with Hexenreich about new release and things got moving and thanks to Hexenreich we got connected with Symbol Of Domination (sub-label of Satanath Records) and Arcana Noctis and result is „Dismal Grandeur in Nocturnal Aura” CD. I am most pleased working with them, very professional and creative co-operation. I hope to work with them in the future as well.

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

To consider that we have not done very much promo if at all, we have had very good feedback from most mysterious and unexpected places and persons. I kind a even enjoy it more that way than usual promo attention. I myself are big digger and explorer all kinds of UG stuff and it is most enjoying when You find something Yourself rather somebody tries to get Your attention with big promo campaign. Not against promo but it gets very funny fast.

8.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?
Well our drummer Thon has been busy with all kinds of projects but at the moment as I know he is actively drumming in Sõjaruun, Urt and his own project Realm Of Carnivora.
And Ott our main vocalist is not actively taking part in any other project. I know he has plans for some other stuff but I do not know much of

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

Good question, I do not know, If I knew I probably would not be doing it anymore :). For me it is always more the journey than the result. For me always one journey ends when record is released but I know for others who will discover and listens it starts and that is the beauty of it and for me also journey continues or new one starts with new songs.  But to answer Your question it is more important to get right atmosphere and aura and if it demands some changes in musical direction then we will do it but I do not see that we will change too much, of course I would like to try lots of things but use them only if they work  and not for the sake of trying. I would very much like to make an Vanad Varjud album with kind a more traditional black metal parts involved, more faster and raw parts but without loosing atmosphere. Maybe new record will be like that, who knows!

10.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?

Hard to say what music specifically has influenced my music, probably everything I have listened influences in someway. When I am doing demo songs for release then I try not to listen nothing and keep my head on my own track. But to answer question and to mention few: I have been listening lots of movie soundtracks, Batman, The Omen etc.then there is dark wave and gothic stuff and of course black metal (yes this is cliché but 90-s Norway and Swedish black metal never gets old to me say what You want), the aura that some black metal bands have captured and created gives you just chills. And I have to mention also Dead Can Dance

Lately I have been listening lots (and discovering) IXXI, The Konsortium, Kommandant, re-discovering Dark Funeral (Dark Funeral - Live At Buenos Aires, recommended!) and some weird electronic stuff. And listening all the usual stuff I used to always listen.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I go to work as most of us do so for the spare time I have from everyday chores and routines I try to read as much as possible (interested in pretty wide topics), I have this “stupid” habit I have to have always books near me, even I do not have always time to read them I have to have them by the reach of my hand...And I try to get some balance between my mental and physics to exercise..ehehe well I am not succeeding very good at that at the moment. 

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

I thank You for this interview and wish strength to keep on walking the path You have chosen.

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Sorrow Plagues/Self Titled/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 2 février 2016 à 21:16

  Sorrow  Plagues  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  album.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  epic  synths  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  progressive  feeling  to  them.

  Some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  post  metal  and  shoegaze  while  some  of  the  synths  mix  in  elements  of  ambient  and  the  music  also  brings  in a  lot  of  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  start  getting  more  diverse  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Sorrow  Plagues  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  its  raw  moments  and  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  without  losing  any  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  emptiness,  solitude  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Sorrow  Plagues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aspirations"  and  "Surrender".  8  out  of  10.




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