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Dawn Of A Dark Age Interview

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 08:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Dawn Of A Dark Age was born last January with the aim of exploring different elements within the matrix Black Metal, which permeates the compositions, especially for the use of wind instruments such as the clarinet and saxophone, trying new colors, underused in the genre.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?
I would say that, as the title suggests, the sound I have in mind for this project is the sound of nature, in his prime, in contrast with what is the human discomfort, who continues to abuse, fueling and satisfying his continuous thirst for power. For this I am opposed to the sounds (almost) clean that tend to the perfection of nature (drums, bass, horns) with those who are the frustrations of modern man, the distinctive black metal, distorted and raw guitars.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
As mentioned earlier, the texts concerning man's relationship with nature and with higher beings and supernatural. The alienation of modern man, who has everything but doesn’t have anything, it leads to madness, to make slaughter against nature and against his fellow man. Hate, war, religion and frustration, the ingredients that are raping the nature and reduce man in misery.

4.The new album is the first chapter in a concept of 6 different albums that are going to be released in between 2014-17,
The first album, Earth, will be released on July 1st, and is the first chapter of the saga “The Six Elements”, divided into six elements that govern human nature. Each of the six discs will explore new territories and lands, that I feel more in touch with the elements in question. At the end of the sixth the circle will be closed and all the elements will be brought together under one dark sky.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of A Dark Age'?
We are in a world of ego, exploitation, misery, poverty, and the blind man doesn’t realize that the nature to which it owes its precarious life is rebelling against him. And it does so explicitly, with the force of the elements that will lead to the inevitable break between the human race and the Earth.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
We are already considering to add other musicians for live, and for the studio it depends on the ideas and colors that nature and music will require. If there will be no good conditions we can remain a duo without any problem.

7.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or do you feel labels have become obsolete  in these days and ages?
I decided to self produce the entire project, unless some label can be interested in the global concept without hindering us in any point of view, especially music. It’s a project that requires enormous efforts for its realization, a kind of Wagnerian Ring of the Nibelung, and a label not willing to believe and promote our project at 360 degrees, would only hinder our work. If no one is willing to contact us at these conditions, we will happily remain independent to reign in the underground, which continues to have its own dignity and its own particular source of inspiration.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are really pleased with the reaction of the fans of black metal, as well as fanzines and fans who decide to support us, giving us a great support to bring to an end our mission.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
Yes, Buran is the leader of the black metal band Athanor and death metal band Hellsteps, and I'm busy with a side project of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, “Suicidal Ruin”.

10.What can we expect music wise when the second volume is released?
It's like asking what the weather will do tomorrow! Maybe it is like today, maybe it will be hot, cold, snow? What I can anticipate is to not expect a copy of Earth. Each of the six discs will have features and elements  different from the previous one. The other certainty is that it will be released January 1, 2015, exactly six months after Earth.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen black metal from the beginnings of the genre, but in the meantime I have played in a Classical Orchestra and jazz and Avant-garde band. The bands that have made a guide for this project are some of the most violent in the landscape, such as Marduk, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dissection and other more melodic as Tsjuder or Sargeist, as well as Penderecki, Webern, John Zorn and traditional music for the composition. What I want is to get a personal sound that combines all the elements that I put in the game, and that is as fresh as possible and less obvious. I listen a lot of music, at all hours, I currently have the headphones Wolves In The Throne Room, but Beethoven is the next.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
The occultism in our music, or rather in the overall project, is seen as symbolic associations and numerical correlate with those who are the six elements. To get an idea all discs will be composed of 6 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental for a duration of 36 minutes flat. They will come out at the exact distance of six months of each other and so on. You'll notice in the text as in later records that there are elements and symbols that will come back periodically, as the leitmotiv, which take inspiration from the occult and beyond.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading plays an important role as well as hiking in nature, without which this project would probably not have had any reason to exist (“the sky the sea, the sun, the moon, the rhythm of the season” from the title-track Dawn Of A Dark Age).

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Meanwhile, I can only thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the interview, as well as all those who will feel part of our project, supporting us in the realm of the underground.
www.facebook.com/dawnofadarkage  
http://dawnofadarkage.bandcamp.com/album/the-six-elements-vol-1-earth

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/dawn-of-dark-age-interview_17.html


Hiverna/II. Macabre/2014 CD Review

mardi 17 juin 2014 à 08:36

  Hiverna  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "II.  Macabre".

  Flutes  start  off  the  album  bringing  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  to  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  some  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  again  and  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  flutes  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  throughout  the  album  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  always  having  a  melodic  atmosphere  in  each  of  the  tracks.

  A  good  amount  of  the  faster  riffing  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  black  metal  elements  in  the  musical  sound  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and  on  the  later  tracks  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  enhances  the  folk  music  elements  the  band  adds  into  their  musical  style  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  grim,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  and  the  bass  guitars  also  start  making  a  very  powerful  presence  in  the  musical  sound  and  you  can  also  hear a  bit  of  pagan  black  metal  in  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  a  lot  of  epic  qualities  in  the  last  half  of  the  album  along  with  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  go  pass  the  6  minute  limit  and  the  last  song  also  has  a  slight  classical  music  feeling  being  invoked.

  Hiverna  shows  on  this  album  that  a  band  can  still  create  a  very  raw,  fast  and  melodic  style  of  music  with  the  flute  being  one  of  the  main  instruments  of  the  band  and  while  this  band  has  a  good  amount  of  folk  music  in  them  and  have  been  labeled  a  folk  metal  band  by  some  people  I  feel  their  style  is  a  lot  more  close  to  black  metal  on  this  recording,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  French  and  cove r  nature,  human  and  lucidity.  

  In  my  opinion  Hiverna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black/folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Boreal"  "Sang"  "Hiverna"  and  "Ages".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/hivernaii-macabre2014-cd-review.html


Grue/Rake/2014 EP Review

mardi 17 juin 2014 à 04:22

  Boston,  Massachusetts's     Grue  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  one  of  the  tracks  continuing  his  raw  approach  to  occult  black  metal  and  the  second  song  being  a  Townes  Zan  Zandt  cover  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Rake".

  Thrash  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  starts  getting  a  little  bit  black  metal  shortly  after  that  when  the  grim  vocals  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  background  screams  and  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  shortly  after  that  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  track  before  slowing  down  and  adding  some  melody  and  acoustic  guitars  into  the  song  while  also  remaining  heavy  at  the  same  time.

  On  the  second  song  which  is  a  Townes  Van  Zandt  cover  the  music  stays  away  from  the  country  music  sound  of  the  original  song  and  takes  this  cover  tune  into  a  more  heavier  and  darker  direction  as  well  as  using  black  metal  style  vocals  instead  of  the  original  style  and  the  song  also  has  a  very  depressing  and  melancholic  feeling  and  there  are  also  some  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  music  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  song  goes  into  a  cleaner  and  softer  direction  while  also  still  having  a  decent  amount  of  heaviness.

  Grue  remain  true  to  their  occult  black  metal  sound  on  this  ep  as  well  as  showing  a  great  amount  of  growth  with  more  thrash  metal  elements  and  melody  being  added  into  the  musical  sound  of  the  project,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

 
In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grue  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash  influenced  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "All  Mortal  Greatness  IS  But  Disease".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/gruerake2014-ep-review.html


Dawn of A Dark Age Interview

mardi 17 juin 2014 à 03:29

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

Dawn Of A Dark Age was born last January with the aim of exploring different elements within the matrix Black Metal, which permeates the compositions, especially for the use of wind instruments such as the clarinet and saxophone, trying new colors, underused in the genre.
                                     
2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?

I would say that, as the title suggests, the sound I have in mind for this project is the sound of nature, in his prime, in contrast with what is the human discomfort, who continues to abuse, fueling and satisfying his continuous thirst for power. For this I am opposed to the sounds (almost) clean that tend to the perfection of nature (drums, bass, horns) with those who are the frustrations of modern man, the distinctive black metal, distorted and raw guitars.

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

As mentioned earlier, the texts concerning man's relationship with nature and with higher beings and supernatural. The alienation of modern man, who has everything but doesn’t have anything, it leads to madness, to make slaughter against nature and against his fellow man. Hate, war, religion and frustration, the ingredients that are raping the nature and reduce man in misery.

4.The new album is the first chapter in a concept of 6 different albums that are going to be released in between 2014-17,

The first album, Earth, will be released on July 1st, and is the first chapter of the saga “The Six Elements”, divided into six elements that govern human nature. Each of the six discs will explore new territories and lands, that I feel more in touch with the elements in question. At the end of the sixth the circle will be closed and all the elements will be brought together under one dark sky.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of A Dark Age'?

We are in a world of ego, exploitation, misery, poverty, and the blind man doesn’t realize that the nature to which it owes its precarious life is rebelling against him. And it does so explicitly, with the force of the elements that will lead to the inevitable break between the human race and the Earth.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

We are already considering to add other musicians for live, and for the studio it depends on the ideas and colors that nature and music will require. If there will be no good conditions we can remain a duo without any problem.

7.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or do you feel labels have become obsolete  in these days and ages?

I decided to self produce the entire project, unless some label can be interested in the global concept without hindering us in any point of view, especially music. It’s a project that requires enormous efforts for its realization, a kind of Wagnerian Ring of the Nibelung, and a label not willing to believe and promote our project at 360 degrees, would only hinder our work. If no one is willing to contact us at these conditions, we will happily remain independent to reign in the underground, which continues to have its own dignity and its own particular source of inspiration.

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

We are really pleased with the reaction of the fans of black metal, as well as fanzines and fans who decide to support us, giving us a great support to bring to an end our mission.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?

Yes, Buran is the leader of the black metal band Athanor and death metal band Hellsteps, and I'm busy with a side project of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, “Suicidal Ruin”.

10.What can we expect music wise when the second volume is released?

It's like asking what the weather will do tomorrow! Maybe it is like today, maybe it will be hot, cold, snow? What I can anticipate is to not expect a copy of Earth. Each of the six discs will have features and elements  different from the previous one. The other certainty is that it will be released January 1, 2015, exactly six months after Earth.

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

I listen black metal from the beginnings of the genre, but in the meantime I have played in a Classical Orchestra and jazz and Avant-garde band. The bands that have made a guide for this project are some of the most violent in the landscape, such as Marduk, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dissection and other more melodic as Tsjuder or Sargeist, as well as Penderecki, Webern, John Zorn and traditional music for the composition. What I want is to get a personal sound that combines all the elements that I put in the game, and that is as fresh as possible and less obvious.
I listen a lot of music, at all hours, I currently have the headphones Wolves In The Throne Room, but Beethoven is the next.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

The occultism in our music, or rather in the overall project, is seen as symbolic associations and numerical correlate with those who are the six elements. To get an idea all discs will be composed of 6 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental for a duration of 36 minutes flat. They will come out at the exact distance of six months of each other and so on. You'll notice in the text as in later records that there are elements and symbols that will come back periodically, as the leitmotiv, which take inspiration from the occult and beyond.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading plays an important role as well as hiking in nature, without which this project would probably not have had any reason to exist (“the sky the sea, the sun, the moon, the rhythm of the season” from the title-track Dawn Of A Dark Age).

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

Meanwhile, I can only thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the interview, as well as all those who will feel part of our project, supporting us in the realm of the underground.

www.facebook.com/dawnofadarkage

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/dawn-of-dark-age-interview.html


Krigsgrav Interview

samedi 14 juin 2014 à 04:51
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
-We have been promoting the new album as much as possible, we have booked a few shows for the latter half of 2014 (with hopefully more to come in the Fall), and we have started work on new material. We tend to work at a slow pace, as we never want to force out any music. We want it to flow naturally. 

2.You have a new album coming out in July, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 
-Each record is different from the previous one. No two recordings from Krigsgrav sound alike, in my opinion. The new record sounds to me like a natural progression from the previous album, Lux Capta Est. The music is more melodic, with a bit more complexity, but also has some of the darkest sounding riffs that Krigsgrav has ever produced. The variety song not only within the whole, but within each song amazes even me. We couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished with the new album.

3.This is going to be the first album the band has released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?
-When the last album, Lux Capta Est, was completed and self-released in 2011, Krigsgrav was still just a one-man band consisting of only myself as the sole member. It was not until January of 2013 that I was persuaded to convert Krigsgrav into a full live band (which of course turned out to be a very wise decision). So not much went on between mid 2011 and early 2013, but over the last year and a half, we have been very active playing shows and constantly writing and rehearsing the music that would eventually become the new album, The Carrion Fields.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?
-The album itself is a concept album. We have an amazing intro to establish the tone and atmosphere of the album. Then each of the following songs represents a different season, starting with Spring. But the concept goes deeper than that. The lyrics draw attention to the parallels between the changing of the seasons and the changes that man goes through during his life cycle. So, in essence, the brighter seasons of Spring and Summer represent birth and growth/coming into maturity and youthful vitality, and then Fall and Winter represent the gradual decline of one's vitality and the eventual decay one undergoes towards the end of life. The final song essentially represents death and the uncertainty of what comes next. And to close the album we have an incredible outro with a slightly uplifting tone, which is meant to reflect the point that all things come full circle. From death comes new life, and the cycle continues on.

5.The band originally started out as a duo, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
-We were a duo for a number of years, and the music was quite personal to me. I wrote and performed all music on the recordings, and honestly had no desire to share that music with anyone else in a live setting. But it all changed when I recorded "Lux Capta Est". That album was the best thing I had ever done under the name Krigsgrav, and I had no idea that so many others really loved the songs on that album. So, my friends and one-time bandmates J.Coleman and Corey Smith (we were once in a project called Valsgarde together) basically sat me down and told me that they loved the music on Lux Capta Est and really would love to play it live. After thinking it over, I agreed to give it a try as a full band, and it has been fantastic. I have definitely embraced the idea of Krigsgrav being a full band with each member contributing to the music and lyrics. I believe that this new combination of individual ideas and playing styles is what has made the new album so special.

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?
-Well, we decided early on that we would only play shows that we really WANTED to play, and to play shows that will help to bring Krigsgrav's music to the right audience. We didn't want to play shows simply for the sake of staying active. We all live quite far from one another, so and favorite show was playing we really couldn't play live all the time anyways. The shows are not frequent, but that just makes them more special for the fans that come to our shows. But I would say that our best show performing at a beer garden in Austin, TX. It was a show to celebrate the release of a new beer called Blakkr from our friends at Real Ale Brewing Company. It had a great crowd with a great atmosphere, and we have never performed better. I hope to have more performances like that in the future. 

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
-So far we have a few shows planned, and will hopefully have more shows booked in the Fall. We would like to perform in some neighboring states, but thus far no tours are in the works. We are all still normal people with jobs, wives, and children, making it more difficult to go on the road for extended periods of time. We hope to land more festival gigs in other states or countries so we can spread our music to a broader audience, but that will come in time.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? 
-It has been incredible. There have been people from far away countries buying/downloading our music and emailing me to tell me how much they love it and how surprised they are that we are an american band from Texas. So it has been a great response, especially to the music from the new album that we have released so far.

9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
-Heimar is currently working on new music for an EP that will be released this year. Our debut album, "Atavism" was digitally released in 2013 and has been well received thus far. Of Oak is keeping busy playing numerous live shows this summer. The drums are finished for our debut album, and hopefully guitar and bass tracking will commence later this summer. And Wes, our bass player, has been busy with his solo project, Midnartiis. I just helped him record his second album this past month, which will be released by the end on 2014.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-We don't really determine the direction beforehand. I have always stressed to the others that we must write what we feel, regardless of what others may think of the finished product. We have demos of many new ideas recorded already, all sounding vastly different from one another. So, we'll take our favorite ideas and build them into new songs. But that is what makes this band great. We don't have any boundaries, and our music flows naturally because of that. When you write what you feel, there's no way you won't love the finished song.

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 personally love Shoegaze. I have been listening to a lot of slower music like Slowdive, True Widow, and Glider. But as far as metal goes, I have been to listening to everything from the newest Alcest album to Thyrfing, and even more traditional Death Metal like the new Autopsy record. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I try not to let it influence my music that I write. I also have an affinity for traditional folk instruments, so any kind of folk-based acoustic music is also something I really love to listen to.

12.Does Paganism play any role in the music?
-We do embrace the ways of old, and have a firm appreciation for our heritage, though I personally do not practice any sort of Paganism as a religion. I cannot speak for the other members beliefs. So, in essence, Paganism is important to me from a cultural standpoint and an ancestral standpoint, but that is as far as goes for me. I consider my love of nature and Paganism to be different things. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
-Traveling. Seeing other parts of the world is something that I love to do and recommend that everyone do if possible. The world can be a beautiful place, but you have to seek it out for yourself. I am also currently writing a novel, which I enjoy quite a bit, though I haven't found the time to work on it much in recent months.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I will close by saying to the fans that we are very proud of the new album, "The Carrion Fields", and we know that you will enjoy it! Check it out on July 30th. Also, we want to show our thanks and gratitude to Naturmacht Productions for their endless support and willingness to release the new album. We are extremely happy to be working together with them and hope to continue this relationship well into the future! And if you haven't checked out the other bands on their roster, you absolutely need to! There are some really fantastic bands releasing some great new music.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/krigsgrav-interview.html