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Pestis Inferos Interview

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 04:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 
We are a new band that started from a meeting that took place about a year ago this month.  I (Pale Horse) was looking to start another band when I was contacted by Llord Diabolus.  We met soon after and just put some ideas we had together,  which culminated into what is the first track on our ep,  From Throne to Funeral.   After that date I contacted Svartherre whom I play with in other bands to complete the line up.

2.In June you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Well the initial contact was to do something geared more towards older styled black metal.  Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, older mayhem, but as we got playing it expanded alittle further.  We still have those influences present in this first ep but Svartherre and I added more influence from bands like Marduk, Mayhem (newer and old), Dark Funeral and so on.  We wanted the recording to be raw, organic, and capture the ugly and abrasive content of the music.  The ep was tracked live,  with only vocals and second guitar tracked over.  No fixing,  or editing just laying it down as we played it.  True to the players and music itself. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

A lot of our lyrics, which we have all contributed for mainly deal with freedom and the pursuit thereof.  Freedom from any doctrine or constraint that hinders personal growth or expansion to ones mind.  From the hypocrisy of Kings, to the right hand of God, all servitude is enslavement for one’s true being and essence.  We wish to growth without bounds and conquer beyond our reach.

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

The name itself did not come easy.  We spend many months trying to find the right words to head our vision.   Pestis Inferos which means roughly Hells Plague I think does that perfectly.   It uses the antagonisms of Hell and “Satan” to mock the idea of its Christian dogma. This  “plague” is our art and words.  Our message to free oneself from anything that binds you.  That is not a message of hated or weakness,  it’s  one for revolution.  Those in power whether it a church,  government, or even cultural stagnations don’t want the same freedoms for everyone.  They would see our message as a plague.  So he become Hell’s Plague.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The cover artwork was handed by the artist Nanda Dika.   I came up with the cover concept and sent him a rough sketch that he brought to life.   It depicts the awakening and coming of violent change in many ways for me.  Death represented by the skull with the seven angels blowing the seven trumpets to Sound Armageddon.   Those left now broken to wander endlessly.  It pulls a little influence from The Divine Comedy,  and the several biblical ideas are on display as well. 

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet, if so how would you describe your stage performance?

We have some shows scheduled now but have yet to play one. 

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

We are not actively seeking one by sending material around or anything.  We would be interested if a label contacted us, and we felt they identified with what we want to accomplish as a band.   We have had a couple messages from some places but none seem like the right platforms for us. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

Well we have just started to spread our fire so to say.  Overall any reviews I’ve heard has been positive,  many people around where we are seem to be really taken with it, so I’m very happy so far with the reaction.  Hoping to reach more and more people as the ep is released.

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

We are already writing the follow up to this first ep right now actually.   We have a few songs but it’s too early to tell.  We have goals and a direction but things end up differently as you go along.   We want to keep the same rawness and organic flow for recording.   The material itself we are making more violent I’d say.  More grand,  more chaotic but still have well written structures. 

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?

Well for the black metal spectrum and this band in particular my biggest influences of bigger bands are Marduk, Mayhem, and even thought not black metal as the other two, Behemoth.   I listen to a lot of music and bands though as well.  I buy between 5-12 CDs a week.  I love a lot of newer black metal bands from very small status up to larger scaled bands.  For instance two labels I really like Profound Lore and Debemur Morti have put out some great stuff this last year and present.  New Outre, Aoratos, and cultus Profano are all very good.  And profound just released pissgrave and gardsghastr both which are awesome.  But I could go on and on. 

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

We explore so ideas,  and use Many biblical ideas and references as metaphors.   Lucifer not as a god or something to be worshiped but as an idea,  freedom.  And lyrically I like to use a lot of biblical accounts to relay my metaphorical ideas through those channels. 

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

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview and reviewing the ep. I’d also mention we have one time pressed CDs and shirts for preorder now via this link. We are almost sold out of shirts now,  and they will not be repressed so check that out if your interested!

https://pestisinferos.bandcamp.com/merch


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/pestis-inferos-interview.html


Isfet/Mayest Thou Wander Aimlessly/Mourning Light Records/2019 EP Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 03:33

  Isfet  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Mayest  Thou  Wander  Aimlessly"  which  was  released  by Mourning  Light  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  recording  being  over  10  minutes  long.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  shows  a  touch  of  the  more  melodic  death  metal  style. The  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  classical  style piano's  are  added  into  the  music.

  Isfet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  old  school  and  aggressive  in  the  Swedish  style.  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  occultism,  chaosophy,  left  hand  path  and  anti  cosmic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Isfet  are  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWHuFbxkZCw     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/isfetmayest-thou-wander.html


Umbra/Unholy Causality/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 02:46

  Umbra  are  a  band  from  Asheville,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Unholy  Causality".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very,  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  early  2000's  era  USBM  as  well  as  the  bass  guitar  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument.

  Umbra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  use  a  bass  guitar  as  a  lead  instrument  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Umbra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disillusioned" and  "Primordial  Void".  8  out  of  10.

https://umbra5.bandcamp.com/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/umbraunholy-causality2018-full-length.html


Aima/Tragos/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 02:08

  Aima  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tragos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Death  metal  influenced  riffing  and  bestial  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  more  of  a  chaotic  black/death  metal  style and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern.

  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aima  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goatfuck  Redemption"  "Possessed  Preacher"  and  "Hands  In  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

 http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tragos 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/aimatragosnuclear-war-now.html


Botis Interview

mercredi 15 mai 2019 à 06:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band was started as a studio project by Erik (guitar) and featured Peter on vocals and drummer Eli Litwin.  After a dormant period Greg (drums) and Graham (bass) joined up and began collaborating on songwriting and playing shows around Philadelphia.


2.In July you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the album?


Grand Abominations explores our own recipe of Black Metal, death metal, thrash, and prog. There is hopefully something for every metal fan on the record.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on the new album?


Occult passages, feasting on rodents, pursuit of the dark arts, global annihilation, etc


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


In demonology, Botis is one of many earls or kings of hell. We liked the name because it rolled off the tongue well and wasn't widely used by other acts at the time of conception.


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


The album cover is an original piece of work by our drummer Greg Bogart.  The design started as a pencil drawing which went through photoshop. It was then laser etched on an old gross weathered piece of wood and photographed.


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


The band has only performed a handful of shows to date. The first show was among the most memorable- we shared a bill with two incredible DIY touring bands Malevich and Born Hollow. Both have become big inspirations not only musically, but in their relentless work ethic.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?


The official release show is slated for Fri 7/19 supporting Tomb Mold and Superstition at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly. The venue is the most supportive spot in the local scene and has become a homebase for us. Nothing is set in stone to take our freakshow on the road as of yet, but you can keep an eye out for that in the coming months.


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


Releasing music through our own independent means has been working well for us in this band and in other projects. We are certainly not actively seeking a label because we feel as though we can handle the distribution of our music ourselves at the moment.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal that have heard it so far?


We have yet to officially release the record, and have no real sense of what the reception will be like. We’ve heard positive feedback from the few friends that we’ve shared it with so far, but are striving to keep our expectations in check.


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?


Progressive power metal band Lör is the main musical endeavor outside of Botis for our vocalist Peter Hraur and drummer Greg Bogart. The band previously also featured bassist Graham Noel, and they have been around for 10 years. Greg and Graham also have an experimental bass/drum duo called landstryder.


It doesn’t end at Lör for Peter, who is an absolute madman when it comes to the amount of projects he’s involved with at any given time. His other projects include Ashen Waves, Top Hats & Effigies, and a few yet-to-be named bands.


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


Without revealing too much, we are constantly striving to push forward into new musical territory. There is a good amount of material written which should shape itself into a follow up release very soon.


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?


In no particular order: Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia, Disasterpeace, Thantifaxath, Oathbreaker, Cleric, Pyrrhon, Azusa, Zevious, Parius, Borknagar, Inquisition, Gorguts.


13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Yes. A dash of occultism (and smoked paprika) is the spice of life.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?


Asian food, night digging, and exchanging pleasantries.


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


Thanks for helping spread the word! Kale Seitan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/botis-interview.html