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Svorg/In Spirit And Mist/2016 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 avril 2016 à 06:40

  Svorg  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "In  Spirit  And  Mist".

  A  very  fast, r aw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  when  vocals  kick  in  they  are  mostly  high  pitched  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  also  brings back  a  lot  of  the  darkness  of  that  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  tone while  also  using  growls  briefly  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a couple  of  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  while t he  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavy  and  raw  style.  

  Svorg  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  old  school  tradition  while  also  having  a  depressive  edge  at  times  along  with  some  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svorg  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Ritual"  "Ceremony  Of  Satanas"  and  "Void  of  Despair".  8  out  of  10.




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Pergale Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 21:37
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Rehearsals and parties. That’s what basically is going on since we released “Antropologija”. We are trying now to catch up with our musical skills that we used to have before and the main goal is to put up a decent live show or a few.

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?
The first album “Horizontalios maldos palaima” was a more raw and a straight forward approach to the music genre as we saw it.”Antropologija” is constructed with a quite different attitude but still we tried to sustain the main sound of Pergalė. The second album comes with lots of evident musical influences from what we’ve experienced while creating and recording it

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Lots of things actually. First of all our drummer was touring in Canada and the US with his other bands. Gusmanas, the guitarist, he works for the government so the had to live abroad in Spain for a while. During that time we also decided that we need another guitarist in the band so after big auditions Simonas from Au-dessus was aknowledged to be a full time member of Pergale. Somehow we managed to put the album in one piece and release it.

4.The band labels it's music as victorious psycho black rock' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
That’s more than simple. We had to think of something since our genre is hard to describe with one word. The main influence comes from metal of course. Black metal to be exact. But we do not play black metal nor rock. As we do not want to offend the ‘only true believers’ we call ourselves ‘victorious’ cause of our name – Pergalė (Victory in Lithuanian), ‘black’ because of the black metal influences, ‘psycho’ – well that’s just a word we thought to make it sound more cool and ‘rock’ – cause we like the actor.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our main topic on this album is us – people. That’s why it is called “Antropologija”. Basically we do not try to protest or ‘obtest’ anything. We sing about love as it is – dirty, ugly, violent, influential. All we do is mock people, music, lifestyles, attitudes, opinions.

6.I know that the band name means 'victory' in Lithuanian, how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?
To be honest that is just an ironic name. This band’s name is a satiric statement towards other bands that take it too seriously. Veni.Vidi.Pergalė.

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 were two shows that are the most memorable. First one was in the year 2011 I think in Vilnius a festival called “Velniop!”. We did not evaluate our capability of how much we can drink and do stuff. Later on we got onstage and it was just like a circus. Keyboardist fell into the drums, everyone were fucked up as hell. So it had to look like a really miserable performance then. We had our faces painted as clowns back then.The other one was in Tallinn, Estonia. Well not the gig perhaps, but the after party for sure. Our song „Estonian lesbians“ was born after this gig there.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album? We would love to do Japan. We heard we have some quite few fans there. So yes, Japan would be great.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?There are two kind of BM fans. The ones who despise us and our music (these ones we love the most) and the ones who haven’t had any concussions in their childhood and can take a good dose of irony.

10.What has been going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these day hat some of the other band members are a apart of?
Our drummer has some few projects. He is making guitars on his own to people who want custom made instruments. Also he plays in a rock band who are as famous as Pink Floyd in the US I think. One of us in Au-dessus (these guys are gonna be the next Behemoth – so people talk). And our keyboardist is a power electronics genius quite known inside Europe and beyond.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We will try to keep it simple. As long as we can enjoy each other’s company we will do music. We have some ideas that the next album could even be neo-folk or synth electronics. Time will tell.

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?
Well if one listens to our stuff – lots of influences can be heard. From Finnish black metal like Horna, Satanic Warmaster to shoegaze or even stoner rock. All six of us are very different. I can say that at the very moment such bands as Batyushka, Graveyard, War on drugs, Cult of Fire, Mgla or the Editors are tops for me personally.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes we do: love your moms and dads & don’t be assholes!

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Antiquus Scriptum Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 21:13
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

. Hi! Thanx so much for the opportunity. Right now I'm recording already the forthcoming album of Antiquus Scriptum, that shall be named: "Imaginarium". It's the 5th original album and the 6th full-length album of the project since 1998.

2. So far this year you have released a compilation and also have been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

. The music is always evoluting from work to work, of course, Antiquus Scriptum is no different. Much things change from album to album, further technical aspects, but the important is to hold the identity, or the gem of the project through the years, but I think that despite some technical details, there are always changing from album to album, the music of Antiquus Scriptum doesn't differ much from the early days due its own personality... That's what I honestly think... 

3. Over the years you have also released a great amount of compilation's, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

. Yeah, the fact is that I'm not weird when it comes to issues, by the contrary, I'm always searching for more and more releases, no matter the drafts, type or format. Much of these compilations are in Pro CDr editions, very limited most of them, but it's ok for me, since I just want to release more and more stuff of my project, actually.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

. Antiquus Scriptum is mainly influenced by ancient history, mythology, old tales and stuff, but some themes are consisted in a more 'modern' points of views and talk about modern things as well... Each theme is a theme and I don't only talk about history all the time and I don't talk about social criticism all the time as too... I try to connect these both, amongst other matters, depending on the theme I'm writing. Some themes are historical, some are interventional, some are romantic, some are more 'Black Metal', others more Thrash... It depends...

5. You have covered Lustinian Heritage and Mythology in your lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in your own heritage?

. Well, I'm a Lusitanian Warrior, I shall tell my own history!... Not new, everybody does... Each people with their roots and heritages. First of all I really love ancient history, mythology, old tales and all related with antiquity, the own name of the band shows that, so I enjoy to talk about my own ancestors and homeland, despite to have themes that are focused in other cultures, as the Roman Empire, the Vikings, biblical aspects, etc, etc etc... I think that it is a little fashionable nowadays in terms of Pagan Black Metal wordwide to talk about our own cultures and history... I like that, a little Folklore and mythology as well... But I have no problem to write about any culture or nation, since related with antiquity, worldwide.

6. On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to bringing other musicians onto the albums or do you prefer to remain solo?

. Yes, Antiquus scriptum is and will always be my solo project... I have always guest musicians on the records, as the Vieira brothers that participate in almost all the recordings, plus new folks I occasionally meet, is always happening, but their participations are always as guests musicians and the project always remains my solo project, ever.

7. You have done live shows with this project before, what are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

. Antiquus Scriptum just played live once in 1999 in Almada, with the very first formation when it was considered a band, but there's the very first phase of the project and it's far from what I've done alone through the years, after I choose the one-man-band path... Live performances ate not my type, that's part of the past... Antiquus Scriptum is mostly influenced by projects as Bathory, Burzum or Darkthrone, that doesn't play live ever and I like this way.

8. Do you have any plans for shows in the future?

. Sorry, but no.

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

. Astarium is a very good Russian Symphonic / Pagan Black Metal / Ambient project and SiN, is a very talented and nice guy! I respect him so much for his course with Astarium and I think he respect Antiquus Scriptum equally. I really love his stuff and the Ambiental Split just happened occasionally, since the label that have released it is of his own, NitroAtmosphericum Records... 

10. On the split you had done a Satyricon cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

. First of all I really love (early) Satyricon and "I En Svart Kiste" is such a beautiful and epic keyboard theme! Makes all the sense to cover it, it's really an ex-libris of old school Black Metal golden years! In fact, I was needing an outro keyboard theme to close my tribute album, "Recovering The Throne...", back in 2014, so I asked to my great friend Ricardo Vieira, a very talented musician and friend of mine that participate for many years in the band, that covered me "I En Svart Kiste" of satyricon, so he did and very alike, that's it... I really love that song, I feel chills every time I listen to it, no matter how many Winters have passed since then...

11. The compilation was partially released by Pesttanz Klangschmiede, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

. Yes, Pesttanz Klangschmiede is my official label since early 2013, despite I have always others issues by different labels at the same time... Pesttanz Klangschmiede (and Vegvisir Distribution), are very good labels and I just have to speak well of them, of course, they unleashed all my discography of 5 albums, all 1.100 copies each one and they have been very professional and fair until now, nothing to blame, it's been great!

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

. Fortunatly, Antiquus Scriptum is mostly well received everywhere for the folks whom enjoy this type of music, I am fortunatly always receiving messages from interest folks around the world with nice words about my project and that's very, very good! Much respect everyone, Strengh & Honor! For such a small Portuguese band that even doesn't play live, I have a very nice feedback, indeed!

13. What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

. No musical projects beside Antiquus Scriptum, no, no... I have no time. Antiquus Scriptum takes 100% of my free time!

14. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

. Huumm... Nice question... Well, I see myself as an Underground musician in the future, just like I was in the past, actually... Things here in Portugal are not easy at all, and Heavy Metal music is almost a taboo for the society in general... Only Moonspell have achieved a real nice international landing in almost 30 years of Underground, here... Music here is nothing but an hobby, almost secret sometimes, that we carry passionately through the years, not for living as in Norway or Sweden...

15. 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?

. In terms of Metal I listen to everything that is old school, but mostly 80's & 90's... Heavy Metal, Thrash, Death, Doom, Black, I like everything and I listen to everything regularly, despite the most important influences I use in Antiquus Scriptum is Black Metal, of course, Thrash & Folk. But in music in general I like lots of stuff, ambiental stuff, classical music, chants, etc... I'm very opened minded in terms of music and I get influenced by many things through the years, despite I have a firm convicted path for the project...

16. What are some of your non musical interests?

. Women... eheh, just joking :) I like to read a lot, some epic movies, walk on nature, forests, mountains... But even all this is related with music and music is, definitely, the most important thing on my life!

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

. Well, thanx so much to thy Occult Black Metal Zine for this opportunity and for the folks in general, I just want to ask to you please support your local bands on the acquiring of their merchandising, go to live concerts and use Mp3 just to listen on the street, but please buy their original stuff. Thanx so much, see you :)

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Eufori Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 00:36
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

- We are a DSBM-band formed in 2016 by me & "Livsnekaren". Our music represent the darkest emotions we posses and experience.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- The sound is quite raw & cold I would say.

3.According to the fb page you label your music as 'happy metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Sarcasm. "Happy music for happy people". Allthough some of our riffs is quite happy, the lyrical themes is the opposite, to give the listener a sense of "irony" that's all I can say.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the ep?

- Depression, feelings of guilt, selfhatred & anxiety

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

- Sarcasm, and there is no actual inspiration.

6.What are some of the things you bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with your other band?

- This band focuses on more traditional DSBM, the more raw sound, and a different overall style than my other band.

7.On the ep you had done a 'Vanhelga' cover, what was the decision behind doing one of their songs?

- Vanhelga is a band we take inspiration from, and a band we really appreciate. Hence the cover.

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

- So far so good, so let's hope it continues to stay this way.

9.Where would you like to see this project heading into musically during the future?

- We'll see how the future turns out when we get there.

10.What are some of the musical influences you bring into this musical project?

- Lifelover, Vanhelga, Thy light, Nocturnal depression, Kall, Hypothermia, Hank III, Djävul among others.

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

- nope, that's all for now.


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Neoheresy/Potop/Elegy Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 00:30

  Neoheresy  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  pagan  form of  black  metal  with  some  folk,  ambient  and  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Potop"  which  was  released  by  Elegy Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  along  with  classical  guitars  and  shamanistic  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  and  pagan  chanting  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

 Violins  can  be  heard  in  the  music  briefly  and  on  the  intro  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  and  the  synths  also  get  more  epic  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  later tracks  bring  in  ambient  elements  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  uses  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  to  the  recording  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  and  later t racks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  usually  mixed  in  the  background..   

  Neoheresy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  mid 90's  pagan/black  metal  mid  paced  sound  an d mixes  it  in  with  symphonic,  dark  ambient  and  medieval  folk music  to  create  something  very  dark,  original,  epic  and  ritualistic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Neoheresy  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  project  with  element s of  ambient,  symphonic  and  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar"  "Dotyk  Albo  Miecz"  and  "Potop".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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