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Unrest Interview

samedi 24 octobre 2015 à 06:35
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
    Unrest is a 1 man USBM band much in the vein of Leviathan, Burzum, Judas Iscariot, Xasthur, etc. Basically one man’s way to express his contempt for the world.

So far you have release a full length and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings?
        I’ve also just released an EP call “Son of Midwestern Darkness”. But that just was unleashed a few weeks ago. As far as the sound, I describe it as a wall of chaos that doesn’t wash over you but goes through you, it stains your very soul. No gimmicks. no tricks. No Eddie Van Halen virtuoso mess. Just a straight forward punch in the face.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
    Nihilism, Misanthropy, Self-hatred. Those are the 3 biggest. Not incredibly original I know because everyone under the sun has the same concepts. But I’m just a guy who hates the world and everyone/everything in it, and want to scream about it. And the self hatred part isn’t the “oh woe is me, I’m so sad.”. It’s more of I’m part of the problem too and should probably exterminate myself much like the rest of humanity. I have the words “I Have Walked Away From The Human Race” tattooed on me for a reason.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Unrest”.
    Well, when it originally started, I called it “Eternal Unrest” because at the time I initially liked how it sounded. But shortly after I thought that was kind of too long for a name. I prefer one word names. They have more impact to me at least. A singular name can become a symbol or much like with the black metal logos, a piece of art. As for the meaning/inspiration, Unrest means “a disturbed or uneasy state”. Which is incredibly fitting for basically who I am as a person. Not in the sense of “hurr durr, I’m a serial killer” or any kind of childish nonsense like that. I, like many other people have my own demons that I don’t believe will ever be exorcised.

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route a lot more?
    Actually the whole by myself thing was born out of necessity. I’ve been trying to find like minded individuals to form an entire band for a very long time. I could never get all the components at the same time. So I just got sick and tired of dealing with unreliable, flaky people that I just said fuck it and decided to do it all myself. I didn’t even play guitar until about 2 years ago. I had played bass in every other band I had been in for the past 12 years. Never even knew how to use a guitar pick or anything. So I got a guitar and rig, then took some lessons and went from there. Luckily I went to college for Audio production, so the recording/programming drums and tons was already extremely easy for me. Used to I would’ve said I would love to have a full time band to do this. But doing it all myself is extremely refreshing. There’s no one I have to please but myself. I don’t have to practice with a bunch of people and teach them songs and then practice those to death and then take 6 months before they can be played at a show. I can basically write, demo, record then be done with it. It’s a wonderful feeling.

6. Recently you were part of a split with Idolatry, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording.
    LOVE those guys. I’m actually good friends with Lord Matzigkeitus. We met online when I was searching for another band to do a split with. Come to find out we’re are into a lot of the same things and just kind of hit it off. I love everything they do. When they were looking for a bass player I had considered moving to Canada just to join them. I’m hoping one day I can assemble a live band just so I can play shows with those guys.

7. So far your release have been put out by Appalachian Noise, can you tell us a little bit about this label.
    Appalachian Noise Records was actually started by myself. Again out of necessity. I had demos for Isolation done and sent them out to several labels and whatnot to see if there was any interest because I am still virtually unknown and was hoping someone would bite and take it from there because I really didn’t want to self release. After about the 10th rejection and a bunch of unreturned emails and phone calls I finally just decided to do it myself. I’m a pretty stubborn and driven individual and if someone doesn’t want to play ball I basically just DIY it and do it better than they could of. I can be kind of a control freak at times when it comes to my art and what I want to accomplish. So it’s probably best that if I just handle it all myself anyway. Oddly enough there were people who were into it and wanted me to sign their bands. It was one of those things that I just started for my own uses and it has now grown to where I have a few bands I’ve released material for and have a few more things in the pipe. It’s weird being my own boss.

8. The musical project has been around since 2004, but you waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 10 years.
    When I started it in 2004 I actually had a full band. We had a few songs worked on and almost done and were talking about doing a demo. Everything was ready to go, then just fizzled out because the other guys lost interest or what, I don’t know. Unrest at the time was our side band because the other guys were in other full time bands and couldn’t dedicate the kind of time to it like I wanted to. So I kept trying to find more people and would find a guitar player here and there, or a drummer every now and then. Most of which would stick around for a few months, or we would write some songs and then they would bail. In 2009 it almost took off. I had 2 guitar players and had a friend who agreed to play drums on the demo. I thought it was finally gonna happen. Then one day the main guitarist/songwriter decides he was going to sell all of his belongings and move to California. So it died on the vine right there. I was also in a full time band at the time that was extremely busy doing shows and mini tours pretty much every week/weekend that I put Unrest kind of the back burner and would revisit it when I had the time. Every now and then I would demo out some weird ambient tracks with just bass and programmed drums and thought about releasing material that way. But I was never happy with it and would just scrap it. After my last serious band ended in 2012 I thought I was pretty much done with music. Then of course I got the itch again and tried one more time to find guys for Unrest. After about 6 months of more of the same(flaky people bailing constantly) I decided that I’m going to jump in the deep end with both feet and just do everything myself. Bought a guitar and amp and never looked back. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
    Surprisingly positive. I never thought in a million years some songs I wrote in my home studio and recorded would reach as far as it has. People in Japan have downloaded my music. I found a torrent site in Russia that some kid uploaded my album illegally. I’ve shipped cassettes and vinyl to Europe, Canada, and South America. It’s insane to me. Overall the people that have listened to it are very into and spread the filth. Which I’ll be forever grateful for.

10. Where do you see yourself heading into a musician in the future?
    The sky’s the limit. This has gotten my name out in the black metal community and I’ve recently started collaborating with other musicians for a yet unnamed project that will be coming out soon. As far as Unrest, I’m planning on doing this until I just don’t want to anymore. I’m going to try and flesh out my sound a little more. Experiment a little more. Just see where it takes me. At the end of the day, this is my outlet. As long as I’m happy with how it’s coming out and how I’m expressing myself, I could give a shit what anyone else thinks.

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?
    The first black metal band I ever heard was Darkthrone. I was 10 years old and it scared the shit out of me. Transylvanian Hunger pretty much set me on my path. That’s incredibly cliche’ but it’s the truth. Of course Leviathan, Crebain, Judas Iscariot, Xasthur,and Burzum are gigantic influences. They showed me that it can really just be you doing it and still come out phenomenal. I also love Dissection, Krieg and Emperor. If I could make an album half as good as any of theirs I can die happy. I’m from a very small town in rural Ohio. So I grew up around a lot of old Outlaw Country like Hank Williams and there was a lot of Bluegrass being played everywhere you went. You can’t directly hear it in my music, but it’s there. Crowbar is another big influence. The way Kirk makes riffs had a very profound effect on me. If you have a good riff first, the rest will fall into place.

As far as listening to nowadays. Aside from the stuff listed above(because I’m also listening to Burzum or Leviathan), some of it is very “untrve”. I’m a huge Deafheaven fan. I catch so much shit for that. But I really don’t care. If you like it, then you like it and fuck anyone else’s opinion. I’ve been a fan since their demo came out. It’s not black metal in the “trve” sense. But there are flourishs. Kerry McCoy and George Clark like some of the darkness. It’s interesting to see where they’re taking it. Just found this phenomenal band called Ghost Bath who I haven’t stopped listening to for the past 4 days. Just really well done “post” black metal. It’s depressing and wonderful. There’s this other band I’ve been spinning recently called Pyramids. They just released an album not to long ago called “A Northern Meadow”. The music at first listen sounds like it shouldn’t make sense. But it does in the weirdest way possible and it fucks me up. The Pig Destroyer reissue Relapse just did of Prowler in the Yard made me fall in love with that album all over again. I’m also a huge melodeath fan, so the new Black Dahlia Murder album came at a perfect time this fall. The new Archgoat album punches me in the throat every time I play it. I could probably write another 10 pages of what I’m listening to right now. I’ve always got music playing and always getting new stuff to play. It’s exciting to find new, good music.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
    Just because you can’t find like minded people to play music with doesn’t mean you have to sit around like a bump on a log and do nothing. Modern technology has made it ridiculously easy to make your music. It just takes time and money.
And because I’m a shameless self promoter, visit and and download/buy something. Support the underground!!!!!

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Kabexnuv/Crypt Of The Black Solar Order/Bud Metal Records/2015 EP Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 08:36

  Kabexnuv  are  a  solo  project  from  British  Columbia,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Crypt  Of  the  Black  Solar  Order"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

  A  very  distorted  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  90's  old  school  black  metal  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  screams  start  to  kick  in  which  also  leads  to  the  music  getting  more  fast  and  raw  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  more  of  an  old  school  metal  feeling  into  the  songs  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  atmospheric  elements  into  the  rawer  sections  of  the  tracks  and  with  the  exception  of the  first  track  the  whole  ep  is  mostly  instrumental.

  Kabexnuv  creates  another  recording  that  is  very  true  to  raw  occult  black  metal  while  also  getting  more  atmospheric  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Aryan  Occultism  that  also  shows  Vedic  and  Hyperborean  roots  which   also  has  a  touch  of  Blavatsky  and  the  Thule  Society  philosophies.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Kabexnuv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Caverns  Of  Welesburg".  8.5  out  of  10.

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Bloodwraith/The Omnipresent Darkness/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 07:15

  Bloodwraith  are  a  band  from  West  Virginia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "The  Omnipresent  Darkness".

  A  very dark and  melodic  guitar  riff  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  music  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  depressive  elements  being  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  spoken  word  parts.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  be  melodic but  done  in  a  more  tortured  fashion  while  also  being  clear  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard   along  with  the  drums  also  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Bloodwraith  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  90's  influenced  and  also  brings  in  melodies  and  elements  of  thrash  to  resurrect  an  old  school  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodwraith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Desecrating  Metal"  and  "The  Return  Of  Winter  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


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Matubes/The Return Of Black Metal/Distributor Of Pain/2015 EP Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 06:06

  Matubes  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays a  very raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "The  Return  Of  Black  Metal"  which was  released  by  Distributor  Of  Pain.
  Drum  beats,  heavy  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  second  wave  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  avoid  any  influence  from  any  modern  black  metal  style  of  the  past 20  years  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  thrash  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  whole ep  remains  true  to  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  black  metal style  and  on  the  last  track  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard.

  Matubes  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  purely  in  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  the  90's  but  with  a  more  modern  production  that  is  also  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  darkness  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Matubes  area  very great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Left  Hand  Path".  8  out  of  10.


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Dol Guldur Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 05:42

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a necrounderground two piece band from Brazil, raised in beginning of 2013 E.V, praising the vultures upon the mankind and the misanthropic kult of death, following the old ways to execute the cold and raw black metal, avoiding new trend waves, eroding the hope and faith of humankind! At moment we have 2 demos one EP and one split released.

2.Recently you where a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your side of the recording?

Cold and raw black metal as in old days, pure hatred and evil Kult atmosphere, but, done on our own way, Fed from the fire of darkest katharsis!!!

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the ideologies that you bring out with your song lyrics?

Our music is about death, hate, holocaust upon mankind and negativity… all we bring out is projections to make this world a worse place to exist…

Our lyrical content deal with nihilism, concepts of misanthropy, Death, Life, very personal visions about everything that surround us, the way we actually see things is what makes us write this kind of music…

4.I know that the bands name comes from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, what was the decision behind choosing this band name and what seperates you from the many thousand bands that have taken their band name from the writings of this author?

Actually this name has been in my mind a long time ago, before we Start Dol Guldur’s conspiracy, back in 2007 E.V if I reminiscing well , I had a very personal project that resumed was me and my guitar, recording things that sounds like a very lo-fi version of Kveldssanger… and I had a music with this name, since then this name was in my head, I like the phonetic and the word itself, so I’ve taken this name to the band, I have a very personal meaning to this word, I see it like a unprecedented place to this world, unreachable, where the Death kult is projected from, it deals with the misanthropic and anti-social aspect… and also can be understood like a denial to this world if talking about the concept of this name dealing with the band, I mean everything is more about subjection than anything else… and the terminological meaning of this word, Hill of dark sorcery, brings in a dark evil aura!!! Well, I think that our purpose is very different from the other bands that taken their name from Tolkien’s work, as we don’t deal with his writings on our songs as the majority do!

5.I have noticed that you cannot find the band anywhere on bandcamp, facebook or metal archives, do you feel these various websites have taken a lot of the underground nature out of the genre?

That is true, well, the underground as a whole isn’t as used to be in the past, time always change and promote changes and things seems to be confused and diluted now, but don’t get me wrong, I use technology and internet for a lot of personal stuffs I  do, I’m not a caveman, I just can’t stand with most of people acts and opinion, I don’t like that social media contacts and I’m not for looking for friendship, it seems to be very superficial, open to all kind of people to see and come talk with you, I don’t want or need this kind of self-exposition neither my band… Black metal has lost a lot of his occult aura and know is something ordinary, and this kind of new post shit is such a boring joke very spread out on internet with those crybaby teenage dsbm projects, black metal bands with no ideology selling only image and denigrating  this lifestyle, it makes me stay away more and more, also I’m sick and tired of all that wannabe kult attitude… so we isolate ourselves, our circle is very closed, I have few comrades that understand how I fell about it and fell the same way as well or at least thereabout, as I’ve said, I’m not saying that I don’t use internet, clear example this interview was made through e-mail, which is the only tool that I use, I just don’t fell right about it, I don’t have urge to have a lot and a lot people listening to our music, especially  if they are trend, assholes posers and etc. I don’t use to check out Bandcamp, My Space and thing like that… Even though there are some few bands I do respect and have this kind of websites, that is not for me or Dol Guldur!

6.Also the band has stayed away from having their music produced in the digital realm, do you feel black metal is better heard in the classic vinyl, compact disc and cassette formats rather than the modern technology that a lot of the newer bands have been going for?

I fell that the kind of music we do lost the soul in this digital realm, this is so banal, most of the time it seems like a naive and stupid race to get attention or “fans”, to have views on YouTube and “likes” and all this meaningless culture and shit, I don’t care about it, as the same way they don’t care about me or my band, that easy! Just the necro underground hordes matters to me, most of the people can’t stand to be alone, and need idiot attention even though if comes from a trend asshole, in the other hand there are some individuals that fell what it really is about and stay occult into the netherworld, Personally I have pleasure to buy or trade underground stuff, it is like a ritual you know, put the stuff to play on and behold the cover art on your own hand… it is fucking nice!!! Vinyl rules and CD is nice as well, I’m a total freak for cassette!!! Any format is better than digital releases, it fells no essence!

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

No, we didn’t play live and we don’t have plans, maybe in the future we perform our Death kult, but we don’t see it as an important point to Dol Guldur.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kabexnuv', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had participated on the split?

Total Raw esoteric black metal to devour the souls, I enjoy the crude malicious atmosphere of cold and misty evil from Kabexnuv, many hails to the Hawk of the western forest!!!

9.The split was released as a joint effort between Bud Metal Records and Kult Of Medusa productions, while I know about the first label mentioned can you tell us a little bit more about the other label that had participated on the recording?

Actually, Kult of Medusa is a new sub division from Bud Metal recs.

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

Well, I know Bud Metal recs. gave us a great support spreading around WINGS OF BLACK HOLOCAUST to distros, U.S Paragon recs. And some European labels like Pest distro and others, I hail Bud Metal and my Comrade Myrtroen for all the effort!!! But, actually I don’t know how the feedback is going… and I don’t care much about it, but the comrades of our circle have sent some good words and that means a lot… we are an almost anonymous necrounderground band doing music for ourselves first giving a shit about the current state of “extreme” metal scene, So just the freaks and necromancers from necroUG know us!

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

We have plans to record a new EP next year, and that is all at moment, death is the only future I can assure… as for the music, Naturally, in the same way, doing things on our own way and vision… we don’t have the urge need to change or create something  “new” like those silly post subgenres, just black metal with this cold raw atmosphere between the 80’s and 90’s style, we don’t do nothing “new” but we do it on our own way and feelings, and for me, personally it is enough , to keep the roots of our purpose, believe when I say Dol Guldur songs represent Death and the terrifying nihil I really meant that… I’m not that  misanthropic evil guy that never smile trying to be kult with “wannabe” attitude, I’m not playing a fucking role, but Dol Guldur actually is the side of my inner self that never smile even though I do. That is my pathway in this shitty world… that is the music I have katharsis to do.

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?

I get influence from a lot of things if talking about my music, I get influence from movies, painting, my personal world and visions of life and death, if talking about music, 80’s and early 90’s black/death are influences to me, but also some new bands of comrades that keep the essence also have some influence on me…

I listen basically to black metal or black/death old school, now I’m listening a lot to Swamp, Black Misanthropy, Petards of Agony, Trono, Kabexnuv, Mortuary Drape, Satan Cult, Cabra Infernal, Hecate, Vlad Tapes, Apolion’s Genicide, Song D’enfer, Choronzonic, among others and old classic killer stuff like Mercyful fate, King Diamond, Sarcofago (old) Samael (old) Rotting Christ (old) Bathory (Black thrash era) I also listen to some few old rock bands but there is nothing to deal with Dol Guldur, most of the time I listen to black metal!

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

Watch out, there are still some occult bands just like us, Ennobling their own ideas and craft in the depths of necrounderground.
To the maniacs that may have identify with our thoughts and purpose, Our EP NECROCULTO including bonus tracks will be re-released  in split cassette version titled “DEATHKULT KATHARSIS”  with the dark and evil band Lord Frimost by Aniquilacion Satanica prod from Ecuador, and the Split WINGS OF BLACK HOLOCAUST will have cassette version released by Kult of BloodyRites prod. Also check out Bud Metal recs. And his comrade distros, the black wings of the hungry vultures shall cover everyone!!!and thanks for your interest... ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT!

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