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Empheris/Ye Olde Varsovia/Bestial Invasion Records/2015 Live CD Review

mardi 19 janvier 2016 à 16:48

  Empheris  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2015  album  "Ye  Olde  Varsovia"  which  was  released  by  Bestial  Invasion  Records.

  A  very  dark  synth  intro  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  recording  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  before  adding  the  band  speaking  to  the  audience  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  the  influence  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style. 

 All  with   all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  sound  to  them while  the  vocals  can  be  melodic  while  also  being  rough  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  brings  in  a  perfect  balance  between  both  80's  and  90's  influences  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  metal.

  Empheris  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  as  well  as  staying  away  from  any  of  the  modern  trends  of  the  last  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  necroism  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Empheris  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  metal  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nihilistic  Black  Metal"  "Hellish  Crusade"  "Screams  From  Hell"  and  "Blasphemous  Possession".  8  out  of  10.   


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Nott/Immaculate Eclipse/Razed Soul Productions/2015 CD Review

mardi 19 janvier 2016 à 14:53

  Nott  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Immaculate  Eclipse"  which  was  released  by  Razed  Soul  Productions.   

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  a  few  seconds  deep almost  growling  type  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  high  pitched  screams  at  times.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  while  the  music  still  has  a  modern  sound  to  it  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  without  ever  bringing  in  actual  solos   and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  more  catchy  sounding  riffing while  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  raw  and  heavy  from  beginning  to ending  of  the  recording.

  Nott  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding without  sounding  old  or  dated,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  philosophy,  nihilism,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nott  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ultimate  Seal"  "Doomed  Ruins"  "Rite  Of  Passage"  and  "Flaming  End".  8 out  of 10.  

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Vargstuhr/Howlings/Depressive Illusions Records/2015 Demo Review

mardi 19 janvier 2016 à 10:23

  Vargstuhr  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo   "Howlings"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  The  sounds  of  wolves  start  off  the  album  along  with  some acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  as  well  as  some  melodic  pagan  vocals  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  and  darker  direction  along  with  some  very  distorted  sounding  melodies.

  Clean  and  heavy  parts  mix  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  harsher  vocals  are  mostly grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  guitar  leads  also  are  very  melodic  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  raw  energy  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  some  of  the  songs  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vargstuhr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  wolves  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vargstuhr  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Running  On  The  Snow"  "The  Hunt,  In  Search  Of  The  Prey"  and  "Running  Between  The  Trees".  8  out  of  10.


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Nan Elmoth/Hammer Of The Moon/2015 CD Review

mardi 19 janvier 2016 à 09:18

  Nan  Elmoth  are  a  band  from California  that  plays a  very  epic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their self  released  2015  album  "Hammer  Of  The  Moon".

  A very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later and  after the  intro the music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  black  metal   screams.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  both  the  guitar  leads  and  riffs  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  influences  by  doom  metal  and  the  faster  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  parts  of  the  music  also  bring  in  melodic  vocals  and  some  of  the  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  music  is  still  very modern  and  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  the  album  closes  with  acoustic  guitars.

  Nan  Elmoth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  epic  while  still  having  its  raw  and  melodic  moments  as  well  is  adding  in  a  touch  of  pagan  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  earth worship,  and  ancient  wisdom.

  In  my  opinion  Nan  Elmoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unleash  The  Kings  Of  Wolves"  and  "Ghostdance".  8  out  of  10.

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Empty Interview

lundi 18 janvier 2016 à 22:42
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hello!. First of all Thanks for the interview!
We are currently preparing some gigs in our country and trying some events in Europe.
Meanwhile we are working in our next album that will be recorded maybe in this year, we hope. Music and lyrics is something that we are developing currently and we can tell that this album will be in the same despairing and negative way!

2.Recently you where a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Well, the truth is that this split you mention is the split with Animus Mortis (band from Chile) which was released in LP in 2010 so, it´s been 5 years since it was released. It has been re-released in Tape format by Nebular Carcoma from Spain in 2015.
This split was a cooperation between both bands. The music in there were songs that were recorded in the times when “The last breath of my mortal despair” was recorded. They were songs we recorded but they were not included in that album so, these songs were saved for this split and we think it was a good idea.
Our part of the split consists of 2 songs. 1 is a fast Black Metal song like the ones in “the last breath ..” and the other one is more acoustic and with an oppressive atmosphere, in fact a video was made of this song (the most silent of all hours) that can be checked in you tube.
Not to mention that tracks from the other part of Animus Mortis were really good and worth to take a listen. We are really satisfied about this cooperation with our mates Animus Mortis.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
Etica Profana Negativa is the birth of the new negativity treatise which I came up with other Spanish writers about a concept of “Anticosmos” and about the figure of great thinkers like Cioran, Hense and Phillip Mainlander. This last one, through his work “The philosophy of redemption” created a new concept in which he concluded that Non Existence is better than existence… He brought this meaning to practice and committed suicide when he just received the book from the printing house.
We see ourselves as heralds of the negativity, so for this album we have joined the literary concept and musical at once. You can see me reflected like the photo of the cover. Writing fatal negativity treatises in an old dark crypt.
I , personally collaborated in the introduction for a book of philosophy released by a fan of the band. It was released in parallel with the album. If you want to dive a little more, you can read the lyrics of Empty album of the book that I was talking about before. The Author is Jacobo Morais and the title is “Ontofobia y voluntad de muerte“ (Ontophobia and will of death)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Empty'?
The philosophy of Empty consists in reflecting the most negative side of real life in our music and lyrics. A label that fits quite good would be that “Life is full of bad moments, Empty is the soundtrack of all these moments” Those feelings of Death, despair, Anguish, bitterness, wrath, sadness, solitude…. Are shown in our music. We exorcise all our internal dramas through our albums. In all of them there something transcribed from our lives. For me, life in its major part has been and will be torment. I can´t explain how the lights faded and how I reached this dementia state. I think that life, doesn´t make us bigger , on the contrary it is negative and painfull… only in the absence of this we can discern small line of hope. Personally I use my music as a shock treatment in order to be able to live day by day this repugnant life. For me, Death sicken me as much as life and I think that the best we can do is to make a legacy of negativity for human race. Many people write to tell us that they feel identified with our music and our lyrics. It helps to reflect their bad moments in their lives. Many times this has been what forced me to keep on with this torment , each release of the band…

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

Empty music is not for everyone, it´s negative music and maybe there is no a lot of people who attends to a gig in order to feel bad… on the contrary the fun and the party in “metal” is surrounding the scene nowadays… decreasing the dark feeling of BM scene.  We will never make big tours, just exclusive shows where the ambient and atmosphere is suitable to reflect our dark and negative art. These conditions are not usual, just in few occasions… this is why for us is better to perform this way than in tons of festivals or shows… On the contrary the vision and essence of the band would be distorted … which is not friendly and positive. We must keep this negative essence over all things.

We try to keep the sound of Empty in concerts, so It should be Suitable conditions of acoustics and proper lights in a stage help a lot to be able to transmit what you want. We have played in all kind of places and we will still keep on doing it. Anyway the better are the ambient conditions, the better we can perform our personal music. We prefer not so many lights, moreover we don´t need a lot of paraphernalia or something like that. Our stage image is quite cadaveric and the most cemetery aura possible… we pursue to reflect an atmosphere of despair, desolation, anguish… all negative feelings of humankind.

Probably one of the best shows we performed was in Under The Black Sun, back in 2006. The festival is in the middle of the trees, the atmosphere was great… a really Black Metal event.
In Porto (Portugal) we played in The Black Boat. It was really a boat and it was amazing because the night and conditions were really dark that night… All of us were immersed in a negative and oppressive aura.
In every concert we make we try to evoke the blackest of feelings. One of our latest shows was made with all the lights off… it was only darkness and our music surrounding the venue….

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Well.. we are currently on conversations with several bands and festivals  in order to play in 2016. There´s a positive feedback so we will do some gigs in the future.
Although we are not a band that play so much, as I mentioned previously, some shows for next year are planned and we will try the best to create the negative and oppressive aura our music evokes.

7.The band has been around since 1995, what is it that keeps you motivated to play black metal after 20 years?
Empty is a band active since 95. Those members left the band remaining me as the only member carrying the band since 97. The band was not really active until 99, when we started to play gigs and record a live tape distributed in the very underground. It was called live in blood because our singer back then made up his face with the blood from his cut arms.
From this demo, we released MCD Eternal cycle of decay by ourselves and little by little we caught the attention of the UG scene. As the years passed by we turned into a more negative and despairing band. The sound of the band was defined in this workcreating mortuary feelings and a unique personality in the scene. Empty was raised as an entity with his own path not following any trend  or musical label. It´s only a representation of the negative and dark side of each individual who feels identifies with our music… his terrors, anguish, tragedies…. All those moments are reflected in Empty… It helps them to exorcize his demons and so we do with this necro art.
After replacing the old drummer , the band went a step further because it began to work more profesionally. The maturity and the thematic of the band took the attention of the great label Osmose prod, which has been supporting our proposal. We think Osmose will arrive to those people who can´t listen to our music among tons of releases existing in the scene, web, etc…  Our own internal needs of releasing our black flame and negative feelings have been the force that pushed us to keep on paying homage to the unique and only truth in this world, Death.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with Animus Mortis, what are your thoughts on   the other band that had participate on the recording?
Resuming the question 2 of this intie… We listened “Thresholds of Insalinity” of AM and were amazed about their Black Metal, so we decided to contact them. They liked our music too, so we proposed them the idea of releasing a split vinyl together.
We think the cooperation was fruitful and the result is really good.
We liked their music since we think they are quite original and offers a unique Black Metal. We salute them!

9.The last full length was released on Osmose Productions,  do you feel having an album on this legendary label has done a lot to get your music out there heard?
I had never contacted with them , but I had their email address in our account. I just asked them if  he were interested in receiving a promo and the answer from Hervé was yes. Two hours later sent us an email telling us that he loved our music and he wanted to release it!  Of course it was a pure rush of adrenaline for the band. Osmose signs those bands which they like. Sure it´s not for money because otherwise they wouldn´t sign Empty from Spain which a music proposal besides trends.  This is really worth mentioning.
We think we are going to grow up with this label, since so far we had not a professional support as now we have.
The truth is that we feel very privileged to be in Osmose. When we think that first legendary of Black Metal which we grew with, it´s fucking great!
Yes, of course to be in a label like Osmose gives the band a kind of prestige and obviously more people will listen to our music than previously, but we don’t care much about it because we have always made what we felt from our dark hearts. The thing is that we are very satisfied to have one CD and one Vinyl which in the  back it appears Osmose productions. It´s an honor.

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

 Since the beginning of the band, we were having feedback from many countries all around the world. Even before the internet explosion, when every contact were via ordinary mail.
I remember writing letters by hand. Those envelopes full of flyers that were really useful to find out new bands, it was exciting. Now with internet all that magic is lost, but of course the contact now is really fast, so the feedback we have currently is even more.
We receive feedback from Europe of course, South America, North America, Asia, even middle East… Black Metal is worldwide.     
We remember when we received a serious offer from  Blackened Moon from USA. It was great because a foreign label offered us to release our music which was great! We have to thank to Chas Schoals who supported the band with the releases of “A source of hollow essence” and “the last breath of my mortal despair”…
After all these more than 15 years of activity, we  were contacted by Hervé from Osmose prod. Which released our last album “Etica profana negativa”. It took the band to another level.
11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As we commented before, we expect to record a new album during this year. It will be in the same vein that Etica Profana Negativa. We have already composed the tracks, but we have still to make arrangments, lyrics and so on in order to give shape to the new release.
We always try to progress and improve musically in every album, but always from a dark perspective, which is the main concept of the band. The music of Empty have been always more focused on the atmosphere created as a whole more than skill playing. So, we will continue in the same vein since we understand the band was created to reflect our deepest negative feelings inside this moribund world… We will keep on walking our way meanwhile others can feel attracted to tendencies… We will keep the black flame burning in the skies!

12.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?
We have been always influenced by the early 90´s Black Metal. You know, all those treasures from Emperor, Mayhem, Isvind, Satyricon….
After that the albums released by Selbtmord were really a shock for us… Krohm, Shining, Leviathan, Ondskapt, etc… The black feeling was prevailing again the scene after tons of melodic releases back then. We think those albums, bands like Graven, Xasthur, first Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord discovering of Black Legions, etc… were a guide for us and understood which the true feeling had to be.
The truth is that nowadays it´s getting harder to find out bands with the true feeling, but if ones search for properly, you will find true gems… Lorn, Aosoth, Tukaaria, Volahn, Nightbringer, Cosmic Church, Vetala, Black Howling, …. There are still really good bands out there that still brings dark and death to this decaying world…

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?     Thanks for the interview!    
We were born under the sign of a moribund star. From the deepest void the funeral songs will be sung in the terrifying lucidity of the wakefulness…. And also Misery                                         

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