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Varanak Interview

mercredi 24 février 2021 à 03:21

 

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


 


Varanak started out after the dissolution of my previous band. It went through many incarnations with different members and playing different types of music. Finally, a few years ago I decided to just go at it alone. 


 


2.So far you have released a demo and an album, musically how do they differ from each other?


 


The Demo represents earlier work, stuff written as far back as 2018. Musically I think it shares certain similarities to Relics but is more reflective of what I was listening to and feeling at the time. Relics of Mourning is composed mostly of material written after the demo, with the ending of "Aconites and Marigolds" written only a few months before I recorded it. I think there are some stylistic and thematic similarities between the two, but I think writing on Relics of Mourning is better. 


 


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?


 


For Varanak, I try to stick to more personal lyrics, whether it be observations and reflections on my own experiences. Бога нет is the exception to that, where the lyrics are more occult. Other themes include death, depression, substance use, maybe some more philosophical things thrown in.


 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Varanak'?


 


The origin of the name is funny. I used to live in Upstate New York, and I used to drive through this town Varna. I thought it was cool and I tweaked the word around a little.


 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


 


Sure, it's mostly a reference to the first song. The purple and orange flowers represent the color Wolf's Bane and Marigolds respectively. Sometimes those flowers are used in funeral floral arrangements.


 


6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians in your previous band, how would you compare the two?


 


Things move slower alone. Smoother, but slower haha. I don't mind writing alone. It's just been a work in progress when it comes to writing and getting what ideas I have in my head recorded. I occasionally work with people still. I usually have one of my friends lay down drums or add keyboards. 


 


7.In March 'Brucia Records' are re-issuing your current release with 2 bonus tracks, how did you get in contact with this label?


 


Brucia reached out to me back in November of 2020 after I released Relics of Mourning. We got to talking, and we thought it would be cool to re-release it with two remixed tracks from the Demo.


 


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


 


It's been pretty good, I'm happy with it. People seem to enjoy the songs which is great.  


 


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


 


As of right now I've been working on new Varanak material but I don't really have a time frame, I guess when I feel it's all done and ready to be recorded. After that, who knows. With each release I like to take however much time is needed to write the next one. I want to shoot to release a full length in the near future but I've had an idea for another ep before that but it all depends. There’s a couple other projects I’ve neglected to work on recently that need some attention as well. 


 


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? 


 


When it comes to influences, I've always been a fan of stuff like Pink Floyd, which finds its way into my music every once and awhile. It's refreshing. I reckon The Ruins of Beverast, Katharsis, Temple Nightside, and Blood Incantation have all had an influence on me. Also I can't ignore bands like Sabbath or Sleep, which influence the doomier stuff that I write. 


Music I've been listening to nowadays? I think the new Ruins of Beverast is very good. I like the Type O Negative vibe on it. The new Furia album that dropped a few days ago is very cool. It reminds me more of stuff you would find on a newer Swans album but I'm into it. I could sit here forever and talk about what I'm listening and influenced by but that'll take too long.


 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I like to workout and I'm pretty good in the kitchen. I like to cook and find new recipes and whatnot. 


 


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


No, I think I that's everything. Enjoy the release and keep your eyes peeled, I've got some more stuff planned for this year. Cheers.





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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/varanak-interview.html


North By The River Interview

mardi 23 février 2021 à 05:48

 

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




Sure, My name is Stephan. I come from a frozen hell-hole named Winnipeg located in the center of Canada


I started this projected amidst the global pandemic as a way to keep myself occupied, and to explore a place in music I always admired.






2.So far you have released on full length and 2 demo's, musically how do they differ from each other?




i would say they only slightly differ from one another, though Sunce(sun) was the biggest leap, as it was the first release to feature keyboard sounds and some less realistic programmed drumming(haha)










3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored so far with the music?




there are no lyrics. I suppose the goal of this project is to ignite those primal feelings i believe us all to have, the sort of dream-like states that we only fathom through a small retical of our peception 










4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'North By the River'?




I didn't put too much thought into the naming of this project. Though i grew up next to the Red River in Winnipeg. A river that flows north. 








5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album and demo covers/




sure. so, the cover of Mudrost was a photo taken along a forested pathway located at a monastery just outside of town, a place i worked at for many years.


Nula's Cover was a photo taken at a fork where the Red River and The La Salle River Meet.


Sunce's Cover was also taken at the red river, though a little closer to the inner city in -50 C






6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?




i definitely prefer to keep things to myself and will continue to do so. 


Side note: the first album was recorded by my friend William only the demos are self recorded. 








7.So far there is very little information to be found online about the musical project, do you prefer to keep a very low profile?




the music will reach who it is intended to reach. im not one for promotion.






8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?




nope.






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




i dont think many people care. i also dont care very much. this music is written for my own interest and exploration.








10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?




i'll probably release a few more demos before ultimately moving on to my next musical venture.








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?




For the sake of ridicule, I will keep my influences a secret.






l’ve been listening to a lot of Raspberry Bulbs and Okkultokrati lately. Both have new releases that really come through for me.


I usually have some d-beat in the rotation also. 










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






Shout out to anyone reading this. 


check out my hardcore band at Savagelaw.bandcamp.com 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/north-by-river-interview.html


XificurK Intervierw

mardi 23 février 2021 à 05:42

 


1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?

Temira - We are currently focusing on promoting the physical release of our mini-album, remastering old songs as well as working on new material all the time, so that's what we've been doing all the time since the beginning of the band's existence. Releasing the new EP was not a turning point for us, it is some point reached, of course, but it did not change our, already very high, enthusiasm for further work. And the mere release of a physical copy was only a matter of time for us.


2. Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Temira - The material became more mature, we started to draw even more inspiration without losing our own ideology and idea, and even making this "our" sound. The order of the songs on the EP is also the order of creation, so the listener can follow the path of development with us.

3. A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism and Church Burnings, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism and your hatred for Christianity?

Temira - Once euronymous said in an interview "if it's not about satanism then it's not black metal", of course it's not an absolute truth, but the BM ideology aspect is very important to us, back to the root. Satanism is freedom. Living in the Christian State we are bombarded with prejudices, parochialism and false laughs. No freedom of choice for women who might consider abortion, abortion has been banned, doctors who are afraid of prenatal tests because in the event of inadvertent termination of pregnancies will go to jail for murder, court cases for "offending religious feelings." I could do that for a long time, and I have only described recent events. I think that everyone would get pissed off with Christianity. The world needs a re-situation to what happened in Norway in the 90s, the message was sent then but has been forgotten today.

Sitre - It's mostly intellectual rebellion.

4. The bands name spells 'crucifix' backwards but with a K, do you feel this name fits in with the blasphemous approach of your musical style?

Temira - I always say when I take a cross in my hand I turn it upside down. The same idea is in the band name. So it fits just right.

Sitre - In polish this word starts with "K".

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

Temira - I made the photo myself, it is a castle in Łapalice, construction began in 1983 and was not completed. It is for us an allegory to our work, something created today, with today's possibilities without losing the past.

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Temira - Musically we complement each other perfectly, we do not feel the need to expand the line-up. We would like to undertake various types of cooperation, but more in a one-off context.

7. 'Void Wanderer Productions' is also putting out the physical version of your ep, how did you get in contact with this label?

Temira - I came to them completely by accident, they liked our work and actually, within a few days, we got most of the issues. I really appreciate the cooperation with this label, maybe they are not the biggest ones, but almost face to face contact is much more important to us. Creative freedom and constant support are the features of this label.

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

Temira - The vast majority reaction for our music are received very well, good reviews, willing radios and now a label, and our project is only over a year old.

Sitre - I am still surprised how well it was received. Especially in regard with our diy approach.

9. Do any of the band members have any experience playing in other bands or musical project?

Temira - Yes, but we would prefer not to continue this topic. The story of XificurK begins on the day of its foundation not earlier.

Sitre - No. It was given to us by evil possession.

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

Temira - We are currently working on a split with Svartalv Halvorsen, which we have already officially announced on our social media. As for LP ... keep an eye on our social media.

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?

Temira - I don't listen to too much new bands, although I'm familiar with it, it's not like I don't know the current BM scene. The band that has never let me down, be it with old or new albums, is Taake. I don't listen to genres other than BM, I miss philosophy in them.

Sitre - Black metal-wise scene has many really interesting projects I enjoy: from Watain, Uada or Blut Aus Nord among others. I am looking for different things to be inspired by. Metal is freedom so I do notlimit myself.

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

Temira - I have nothing to add.

Sitre - Fight the fight. Bow to no one.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/xificurk-intervierw.html


Chamber Of Bones/Warmth Of Life/2020 EP Review

mardi 23 février 2021 à 05:07

 


  Chamber  Of  Bones  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  the  United  Kingdom  and  Venezuela  that  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Warmth  Of  Life".


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  metempsychosis,  enslavement  in  carnality  and  the  great  dead.

  

  In  my  opinion  Chamber  Of  Bones  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Portal  of  the  Thirteenth  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.


 https://asceticvisions.bandcamp.com/album/warmth-of-life


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umj22Qr-OL4


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/chamber-of-boneswarmth-of-life2020-ep.html


Syning/Self Titled/Terratur Possessions/2021 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2021 à 04:31

 


  Syning  are  a  band  from  Norway  with  members  from  Manes,  Whoredom  Rife  and  Knokkelklang  that  plays  a  very  haunting  and  hopeless  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Terratur  Possessions.


  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Norwegian  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  darkness,  bleakness,  despair  and  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Syning  are  a  very  great  sounding  haunting  and  hopeless  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Et  Siste  Skrik".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/r5a9C-daIRI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/syningself-titledterratur.html