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The Ugly Interview

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on since the recording of the new album?

Well, first and foremost we’ve been through a couple of changes in the line-up since Slaves to the Decay. Our original drummer Henrik quit the band and a while later we parted ways with bass-player Peter. We had some other constellations before we landed with drummer Fredrik Widigs and bassist Joakim Antman. Their addition to the existing line-up really opened up new ways for us to pursue our aspiration to create ferocious and relentless swedish black metal.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, 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?

I would say that Decreation as a whole is a more dynamic record than Slaves to the Decay. Decreation varies in both tempo and atmosphere in a way Slaves to the Decay didn’t do. Decreation also includes two songs written by guitarist Per Rinaldo, which of course also adds to making it an even deeper and more varied experience. Slaves to the Decay was more like being hit by a steamroller going in 200 mph from start to finish.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

As I said earlier, mostly problems with departing members and lineup changes. And of course writing the new material to Decreation. We’ve made maybe one live performance every other year, and besides that, just focusing on Decreation.

4.The lyrics on the new album cover the destruction of the world, cosmicism and Lucifer, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Destruction of the world, or death in general are things that I think have fascinated people for as long as we have existed. Just look at all religions. All of them have their own interpretation of the end of the world. From Ragnarök in the norse mythology to the apocalypse in christianity.

Cosmicism is a philosophy developed by famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It states that there are no divine presence in the universe and that humans are particularly insignificant in a larger cosmic perspective. Crawling around like insects, oblivious to all and everything, always at the risk of being wiped from existence at any moment. 

To me Lucifer is interesting as a symbol and as a concept. Since I am an atheist, I don’t see Lucifer as some form of higher force or being, but as a fitting symbol for enlightenment, rebellion and humanity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Ugly'?

For me it’s a name of depth and it can have several different meanings. What is the thing that comes to mind for you when you hear it?

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 can tell you that our worst show was our first gig ever, as one of the opening acts for Napalm Death. It was a complete clusterfuck from start to finish in every possible way.

Otherwise our live shows are high in energy and ferociousness in a way I don’t think is too common when it comes to black metal. For me it’s a complete and total channeling of all my frustrations and scorn when I’m on stage.

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

Right now we only have our release party planned. We’re gonna play in Stockholm on june 13:th with support of two other great bands: Mystruin and IXXI. I’m really looking forward to playing our new songs live!


8.The new album is going to be released on ViciSolum Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We got in contact with them through friends who have bands on ViciSolum too, and they had only good things to say about the label and Thomas who’s running it. He really liked Decreation when we presented it to him, and then we agreed to sign a deal with him.


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

When we released our first album it was really only released in Europe. We got some really good reviews from german magazines, and the reviews for Decreation that are starting to pop up have been really good. Sometimes people don’t like the name or the logo, but that doesn’t really matter to me.

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?

Our drummer Fredrik plays with Marduk, and Joakim plays in a band called Overtorture as well. Johan is only focused on The Ugly, I lend my voice to various other black metal projects from time to time and Per always has a shitload of other projects he works with simultaneously.

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

We’ll probably continue to keep playing our type of swedish black metal. We’ve already begun working on the next album and it sounds really, really good, I think.

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?

Dark Funeral, Marduk, Tsjuder, Venom to name a few. I listen to a lot of different music. Lately I’ve been into the early albums by WASP and Twisted Sister. Brings back memories from my childhood when my older brothers listened to heavy metal.

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

I just wanna thank you for taking the time to interview me, and I hope all the fans of The Ugly are gonna appreciate Decreation as much as we do. We’re really proud of this album, and it won’t disappoint anyone who likes Swedish aggressive black metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-ugly-interview.html


Trivax/The World Is Dead/2014 EP Review

mardi 19 mai 2015 à 08:43

  Trivax  are  a  band  originally  from  Iran  not  now  resides  in  the  United  Kingdom  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  World  Is  Dead".

    A  horror  movie  style  keyboard  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  become a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  add  a  Swedish  feeling to  the  music  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Once  grim screams  are  added  into  the  music  the  ep  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that also  utilizes  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  the  music  slows  down  you can  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies   and they  close  the  ep  with  an  outro  that  utilizes  clean  guitar  playing.   

  Trivax  plays  a  musical  style  that  is very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  satanic  black  metal  style  and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  destruction  of  the  world,  lunacy  and  Satanic  Magick.

  In  my opinion  Trivaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic,   satanic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Of  Stone  And  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/trivaxthe-world-is-dead2014-ep-review.html


Pale From Sunlight/Love Was Never An Option/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 19 mai 2015 à 06:46

  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  duo  from  South  Dakota  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Love  Was Never An  Option".

  Clean playing  starts  off the album  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  suicidal  screams  as  well  as  a  good  amount of  atmospheric  sounds  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Depressive  style  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  dark ambient  style  synths  at  times  while some  of  the  guitar  leads  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  when  they  are  utilized  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  addignmore  grimness  in  their  depressive  approach.

  Pale  From  Sunlight plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  raw,  atmospheric  and suicidal  sounding,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  Death  Does  His  Part" and  "Last  Sunrise".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pale-from-sunlightlove-was-never.html


Krow Roda/Heimkehr/Northern Fog Productions/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 09:06

  Krow  Roda  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Heimkehr"  which  was  released by  Northern  Fog productions.

 A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction which  also  shows  blast  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile the vocals  get  more  high  pitched  while  also  retaining  a  grim  atmosphere  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  the  later  tracks  also  start  incorporating more  melodies  and  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping   around  the  rawer elements  and  you  can  also  hear  clean playing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  solos and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  in  a  very  melodic  and  modern  black metal  direction  while  the  faster  sections  stick  to  more  of  an  old school  style  and  when  clean  singing  vocals  are  utilized  briefly  they  add  a  touch  of  pagan  metal  onto  the  recording  and  the last  track  also  adds in a  small  amount  of  keyboards which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  and  epic  feeling  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  Krow  Roda  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  raw style  of  the  second  wave  and  mixes  it in  with  more  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  style,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krow  Roda  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transzendez  des  Geistes' and  "Mjolnir".  8  out  of  10.              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/krow-rodaheimkehrnorthern-fog.html


Lebenswinter/Carved In Wood And Stone/Northern Fog Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 08:04

  Lebenswinter  are a  band  from Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album "Carved  In  Wood  And  Stone"  which  was  released  by  Northern Fog  Promotions.

  Flutes  and synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  medieval  and  epic  atmosphere  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  also  introduces high pitched  grim screams  and  blast  beats  into  the  music  and  the  music  goes  for  a  mid  90's  Western  European  style  of  sound.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal and  on  some  of the  tracks  the  vocals  get deep  and  also  add  in a  small  amount  of  growls  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing is added  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  track  also  bring s in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chants.     

  Lebenswinter  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in the  mid  90's  era  of the  genre,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  Nature,  Death  and  Decay  themes. 

  In  my  opinion Lebenswinter  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carved  in  Wood  And  Stone"  "Bile  For  Satan"  and  "Vampiric  Crusader".  8  out  of 10.

   


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/lebenswintercarved-in-wood-and.html