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Lebenswinter Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 10:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lebenswinter was founded in late 2009 by Asterion and our former Guitarist Draugur.We started by recording several covers and initiated writing and recording our first own compositions when Amarok joined as the lead guitarist and songwriter about one year later. A short time after that Draugur left us we continued as a two men project; We shortly after recorded "Ohnmacht", which was published by Sturmglanz Black Metal Manufacture.In 2012 Irrwysch joined us as our drummer. We did some rehearsal and had our first concert at a local event.Agathon, whom we already had known for several years, visited this gig and joined us two weeks later on bass guitar, which led to him performing with us at the second concert shortly after. Last year we separated from Irrwysch after recording "Carved in Wood and Stone" and recently we have been rehearsing with a new member on the drums who has yet to prove himself.

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?

We have worked immensly on our sound since "Ohnmacht". The reason for this is that nowadays we have better equipment and much more experience in recording. Everything sounds more intense and developed; the concept behind Lebenswinter became focused. Yet we still follow our own path.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?Our concept controls nature, death and decay. We try to interpret humanity as a spiritual, yet mortal part of a primordial nature, that has been lost throughout religious and materialistic possession. We also published some songs with satanic and blasphemous content like "Pathways" and "Bile for Satan", but those are rather early creations we do not intend to develop as of now. We find fascination in several heathen mythologies and cultures.

4.According to the fb page the band has an interest in history and folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
As already mentioned we see ourselves in a naturalistic context. We do not intend to include history as a major thematical content. Until now we haven't dealt with it.Using history as a lyrical theme often opens a door for imbeciles, who have not and never will understand this kind of art.

5.I know that the bands name means 'Winter Of Life' or 'Life's Winter' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
The winter of life is the last chapter before death. It combines impressions of depression, aggression as well as hate.All life is limited by nature and no being can overcome decay, no matter how divine it defines itself.LEBENSWINTER mainly includes this view of existence.

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?
I think the best was the first show including Agathon on stage.We played in front of a rather small, but reliable audience. I think performance differs from show to show relying on personal emotions. We do not want to have a strict concept. We also have little experience in this after only 3 shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We had several problems finding fitting band members and after separating from Irrwysch we are not ready to play live again yet. Our main focus lies on writing the next Album. We try to find an established "inner core" to play once again in the future.

8.The new album was released on Northern Fog Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
There isn't much to say. We have a quite personal relation with this label and its members.We are free to do as we want to and are not forced to anything if we don't intend to.We feel comfortable working with them and have felt so for years now.Northern Fog Records concentrates on publishing and supporting underground Black Metal, no more, no less.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have recognized that a huge part of our listeners comes from Asia or South America which is interesting, although we have not gathered much reliable feedback on that front, except for some reviews from european magazines.Up to now we have received only positive resonance for "Carved in Wood and Stone", not the least of which came from you. Again, thank you for your interest.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before, we're working on new songs and getting our new drummer more and more involved into the creative process of songwriting. We are also working towards recording our third album and performing it live on stage.

11.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?
We never intended to force our music into a certain style of black metal. Of course we probably have been influenced by some bands or albums subconsciously, but we compose our songs by our own intuition.I think we are mostly influenced by the rough finnish style of black metal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Unfortunately we have no interesting final words this time (I'm sure Agathon would have some - as always - but he is not here right now).Obviously people are interested in our work and our intentions behind it.We can only say with certainty that we shall continue our path and do not see an end to it yet. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and supporting us! 

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Sar Nath Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 09:50
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about  the musical project?

Well, being that Sar Nath is my main project, I will focus on answering that solely about Sar Nath. (I don't wanna use you in order to "plug" all kinds of related shit.) If I were to just make it a quick answer, I always say "Mental Torment Audio", because I have very severe mental issues, even another personality, that I have seemed to successfully hone when recording this Sar Nath material. It's a purging. Musically, it could be described just as YOU described it in your fine review of the first full-length, good sir!

2.In November you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's black metal. It's raw. It's self-aware insanity turned into immortal art. It's therapy. Fans of anything from Darkthrone, Mayhem, or some "DSBM" like Nocturnal Depression or Silencer, to my good friend and metal-brother Emir's Yayla output will hopefully find much to eat up here.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Struggle. Hatred. Hatred for mankind, including myself. Longing for the shedding of this know, that lovely stuff.

4.I know that the name 'Sar Nath' is inspired by H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
When one hates the flesh (to the point where they are asexual, always anxious, feeling alien to their own I do), fantasy plays a huge role in the coping one needs to do in order to not blow their fucking brains all over the place. The darker stuff, like Lovecraft's, both makes me feel more at home, and better about my own shadowed heart.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
I will remain solo. I have had way too many people try (and sometimes succeed) to step on my vision. Except special, heavily thought out colabs. I have one with Mr. Togrul coming in the near future. But, for the most part, I'll never be part of an official band again.

6.The album has been released through both Hypnosia Recordings and Merdumgiriz, are you happy with the support both of the labels have given you so far?
Well, I run Hypnosia,and I treat myself like dogshit. So, the support from Merdumgiriz is PERFECT for my unique situation.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Honsestly, surprisingly well. The US, Russia, The UK, Turkey, have caught on, because It seems that the old 1st and 2nd-wave formulas are respected, but it also seems that fans (like myself) want more of a cerebral journey in the newer material coming out. We always have the classics, and they are treasures. But I am a huge fan of goth rock, REAL punk, gory death metal like Necrophagia, NWOBHM, noise/ambient/experimental...and I feel like I can help with such a journey by incorporating bits of these things into my black metal.

8.With your past musical projects you played more of a melodic death or death/thrash style, what was the decision behind going into a black metal direction with this musical project?

It's simple. I could not release any hatred or free any of my demons doing that stuff. It was a social ball where everyone was happy and partying. That is not me.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I see myself staying the same in style and philosophy, but constantly expanding the depth of it. I'll never disappoint those that enjoy what I do right now.

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?
Mayhem has always been HUGE in giving me inspiration. Actual "crazy" (more like *enlightened*) artists like Nattramn, both in Silencer and his ambient/noise work. Lately...Lots of projects by Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues, Cloak Of Altering, De Magia Veterum), Cultes Des Ghoules, and a lot of noise and experimental. The new Prurient is fucking mind-blowing.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Yes and no. I am my own occult, in that I draw power from many different spirits, not just my own. But when it comes down to it, my church is me. And it's rotten, pungent, unhallowed, and full of truths. But on a less cryptic level, I'd say, no. I do not practice any traditional occult rituals or write about them.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes. I say to fans interested in any harsh music - DO NOT take the easy way out, succumbing to the pop-up ads online, the magazine covers, the radio, the charts. Most of those "artists" are not genuine, and do not suffer themselves as martyrs for their art. They are models and mallrats raking in the dough from being nothing but an image and a flavor of the year sound. It actually sickens me, mainly how the "core" scene is trying to claim the titles "metal" or "punk"...when that have NONE of what it takes to have earned such titles. So, if you agree, are an actual fan of things YOU looked for yourself, sounds you made an effort to find, artists that shed blood, sweat, and tears for themselves and you...I throw the horns to you, my brothers and sisters.

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Starless Night/Lost In Life's Endless maze/SixSixSix Music/2014 CD Review

dimanche 7 juin 2015 à 01:25

  Starless  Night  are  a  duo  from Florida  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lost  In  Life's  Endless  Maze"  which  was  released  by  SixSixSix  Music.

  Rain  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  depressive  black  metal  direction  that  also  introduces  grim  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  at  times  speeds  up and  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you can  also  hear  melodies  being utilized  in  some  of  the  riffing.  

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  atmospheric  elements  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  clean  playing  and  synths  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also some  parts  of  the  music  that  are  in  more  of  an  ambient  direction  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of clean  singing  present  on  the  recording.  

  Starless  Night  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  remains  true  to  the raw  and   depressive  direction  of  the  previous  recordings  while  also  getting  more  melodic  and  atmospheric  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  paranormal,  misanthropy,  psychedelics,  life,  and  hate.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Starless  Night  and  if  you  are a  fan  of depressive  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deeper  Through  These  Realms  I  Go"  and  "Time  Heals  Nothing  When  There  Is  No  Good  To  See".  8  out of  10.     

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Grieving Mirth/Calamitosvs Omine/Loud Rage Music/2015 EP Review

samedi 6 juin 2015 à 23:47

  Grieving  Mirth  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Mexico,  United  States  and  England  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Calamitosvs Omine"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Soft  and  clean  playing  which  also returns  on  a  later  track  as well  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  times  when  the  vocals  have  a  melodic  tone  to  them.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  gives  the  music more  of  a  post  black  metal  vibe  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  in  the  background  and  the  music  also  mixes  influences  from  both  the  second  wave  and  modern  era  together  in  their  musical  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  synths  start  having  a  more  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  recording and  a  later  track also  brings  in  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  which  are  also  used  on  the  last  track  as well  while  a  later  song  brings  in  the  more  depressive  side  of  the  black  metal  genre. 

  Grieving  Mirth  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  the  rawness  which  you  would  hear  from  second  wave  bands, the  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my opinion  Grieving  Mirth  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indelectatvs"  and "Mille  Facce".  8  out  of  10. 


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Necrowhore/Malignant Orgies From Hell/Old Graves Productions/2015 Demo Review

samedi 6 juin 2015 à 23:05

  Necrowhore  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  demo  "Malignant  Orgies  From  Hell"  which  was  released  by  Old  Graves  Productions.

  A very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been recorded  and  released  in  the  early 90's  and  the  band  sounds  nothing  like  the  other  bands  of  their  home  country  and  they  also  ignore  all modern  trends  to  create  some  very  raw  and  blasphemous  sounding  black  metal  and  there a re  no  solos  or  leads  present  on  any  of  the  3  tracks and  the  last  song  also  brings  in  orgie  sounds.

  Necrowhore  plays  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  and also  brings  a  lot of  blasphemy  back  to  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Evil and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrowhore are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The Morbid  Throne  Of  Evil".  8  out  of  10.

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