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Absinthropy Interview

lundi 8 avril 2019 à 04:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new split?

Since the recording of the split we have began working on material for yet another split, three songs in total. That's all we can say about that for now. Besides that we started the year off with our first show in 2019 with Alkerdeel and Turia in London which was very well received and a night of total Black Magic(k). Other than that, the layout is being worked on for the previously unreleased first album which was written and recorded in 2009/2010 to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the band. All I can say on this is for now is the album will have a different mix, mastering and proper artwork this time as opposed to the primitive version found previously online. There will be linear notes explaining the reason why we chose to do this to the original and a few rare photos from back in those days.

2.Recently you have released a new split, musically how does it differ form the stuff that you have released in the past?

I would say it is a little more layered than the last couple of releases, we made a bit of a return to the 'middle-era' of the band in terms of the instrumentals, by this I mean some the synth and keys used holds a torch up to the same mood from the 'Smitciv-Victims' album but with a totally different atmosphere. The songs are marginally longer than before with less vocals and lyrics. I did this to give the songs more breathing space to enable the monotony of repetition of the music to entrance the listener.   

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

I prefer no to really discuss the lyrics I write for the band personally to any real depth. Cryptically I will say the abstract themes from balancing what sometimes feels like 'two realities' that battle in my regular day normality certainly appear more 'surreal' in my lyric choice when put down on to paper.

4.I know that the bands name is a mixture of absinthe and misanthropy, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

The pair of us have shared a fair few of what could be described as spiritual and unhinged experiences when consuming Absinthe, amongst other things in the early days of the band. Getting into that mind frame through consumption abuse can sometimes take you to places that you may not want to go to that you never quite recover from just like any other bad lessons learnt in life. Life can drive you that way sometimes, often in my case because of the state of humanity and the modern world.Finding madness a form of gnosis can feel a saner alternative to a reality utterly hostile to myself, I revel in a sense of self-chosenness and self-apostasy.

Music is a tool that can paint these lessons more black and white for me than anything else I choose to do.

Is this weak immaturity? Probably. Is this hatred for real? Very much so.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on your side of the recording?

The artwork is the coat of arms for Warwickshire, England where we are from. I wrote the music and lyrics in solitude in various locations of the Warwickshire area at various different times of the year so my perspective and surroundings would tend to alter the mood. Also as this split is an international project by two bands from two very different and polarizing parts of the world I think that a symbol which shows your origins is a way of getting people to explore heritage and often forgotten messages taken away from modern life.

6.On the recordings the band works as a duo but has a live line up for shows, would you be open to working with a full band in the studio on future releases?

In an ideal world I would be open to the idea greatly to a certain point. But due to the nature of how Absinthropy works, the timing of us working just as a duo is not as simple and accessible as you might imagine.

Never say never.

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

There have been many faces to the live interpretation of Absinthropy over the years. When we first decided to try and translate it live the line up was quite an unstable 'mash up' of members who we were already involved with in other projects past and present at the time. In those days we made quite an impression with our debut show in Birmingham, March 2011 but we only played one more after that with the said line up. Then for nearly 5 years we had a core live line up which did not include a drummer anymore so everything was programmed in the drum department but this meant we could play alot of our songs that had keys as backing track too. I would describe this era of the band as it's most 'chaotic' but also it's most unfocused, we were more theatrical back then and I felt this kind of masked the music a little too much. Nowadays the line up has remained the same with our current drummer since the end of 2015, with additional second guitar duties from other like minded individuals from well respected acts in the UKBM scene. Since then if has translated as far as I'm concerned at it's finest, a window into the mind of our music that makes me feel totally in the moment. That certain plateau I reach when we are writing the music is peaked, it's just me, the music, my Absinthe and Crowley's words 'Do What Thou Wilt, Shall Be The Whole Of The Law'.

Absinthropy has always been a very 'on the fence' band when it comes to playing shows, this is due to our style I guess, some could argue we are not 'heavy' enough to fit certain extreme/black metal bills and on the flip side we are too much for lighter audiences on other shows we have played before. There are no best shows only moments.

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

Several shows are lined up for this year which are beginning to be announced, we never plan to be a touring band in the conventional sense of the meaning. Worthwhile 'one offs' work best for us.

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Salix Babylonica', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

I have great respect for Salix and their dedication to their own messages and outlook. I wish them the best for the future and hope to see them spread their message the best way they feel fit. Hails to the Ecuador Hordes!

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

For years I would say it was 25% UK reaction and 75% the rest of the world. Europe and South America seem to 'get' what we do alot more than the home turf, there are waves of interest at home that come and go but similar to alot of trends in metal music, alot of the UK scene fans or whatever are quick to jump onto something else very quick so we never really give much back when we have seen it come and go like revolving doors in regards to positive reactions.

11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

When the time is right and who knows.

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?

The main influences to begin with came from fusing 80's post-punk with Black Metal. bands such as Joy Division and The Cure have played a monumental part to the main influences, particularly 'Pornography' by TC. In regards to the Black Metal influences, we were listening to alot of the contemporary French scene at the time as we felt they were doing what we aimed for quite well. Bands such as early-Alcest, Amesoueurs , Peste Noire etc in our earlier material. Nowadays we don't really pay attention to other bands to gain influences, we have sort of found ourselves in our own sound.

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Occultism is something I completely support. The esoteric message and insight from Thelema and Aleister Crowley (who was born in the same town we are from) plays a massive part on Absinthropy's personal aesthetics. I can recommend The Book Of The Law and The Book Of Lies as a great starting point. I feel many could gain something greater out of performing Mass of The Phoenix!


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

Thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/absinthropy-interview.html


Lux Nigrum/Burning The Eternal Return/Herejia Records/Street Metal Blasphemy/2019 EP Review

lundi 8 avril 2019 à 04:18

  Lux  Nigrum  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Chile  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2019  ep  "Burning  The  Eternal  Return"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette as  a  joint  effort  between  Herejia  Records  and  Street  Metal  Blasphemy.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  more  of  an  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Lux  Nigrum  adds  more  dissonant  structures  to  their  raw  and  chaotic  style  of  satanic  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Cosmic  Doctrines  and  Chaos  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lux  Nigrum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  dissonant  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  the  Eternal  Return"  and  "Wrathful  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/lux-nigrumburning-eternal-return2019-ep.html


Kampfar/Ofidians Manifest/Indie Recordings/2019 CD Review

dimanche 7 avril 2019 à 23:45

  Norway's  Kampfar  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  viking  and  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ofidians  Manifest"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Sounds  of  torture  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.   Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  captures  the  atmospheric  of  epic  viking  battles  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Folklore,  History,  Anti  Religion  and  Society  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kampfar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ophidian"  "Ermitte"  and  "Det  Sorte".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABZcb0kbfi8  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/kampfarofidians-manifestindie.html


Kull/Exile/Black Lion Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 7 avril 2019 à 22:40

  Kull  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  with  some  former  members  of  Bal  Sagoth  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Exile"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  also  introduces  synths  and  keyboards  onto  the  recording that  also  mix  in  with  a  lot  of  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Grim  whispers  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  symphonic  elements.

  Black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  fantasy,  mythology  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kull are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  band  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Set  Nakt  Heh"  "Hordes  Ride"  "By  Lucifer's  Crown"  and  "Of  Stting  Suns  And  Rising  Moons".  8/5  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAnl_QYs9fk

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/kullexileblack-lion-records2019-cd.html


Forgjord/Illmestykset/Werewolf Records/2019CD Review

dimanche 7 avril 2019 à 19:35

  Forgjord  are  a band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Illmestykset"  which  will  be  released  April  19th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  and  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  French  and  Finnish  influences.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  shouts  also  bring  used  in  the  background  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts,  melodic  vocals  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  when  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  are  loosely  based  on  the  revelations  of  Maria  Akerbloom  the  leader  of  the  Finnish  Akerbloom  Movement.

  In my  opinion  Forgjord  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  orthodox black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orjahuoran  Laulu"  "Kaksitoista  Kuolemaa"  and  "Kaikkivaltias".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ilmestykset



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/forgjordillmestyksetwerewolf.html