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Arcane North Interview

mardi 1 juillet 2014 à 17:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Arcane North is a very new project of mine. Having played in many bands over the years I’d always wanted to create a project that is solely mine. In the winter of 2013 the time felt right to start working on some songs, experimenting with sounds and melodies. Some of the riffs are one’s I’ve had lurking in the background for years and the more I began to write and experiment with them, the more I realised I could make a half decent project out of it.

So, over the winter months through to early 2014 I worked on the 3 songs that became the ‘Enter the Arcane North’ EP and then subsequently recorded them properly. That pretty much brings us up to date. Not much to tell so far, but this is hopefully just the beginning.


2.Recently you have released your first ep, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

The main thing I wanted to achieve with Arcane North was atmosphere, via the medium of black metal. It’s hardly untouched territory and I openly admit my inspirations from the likes of Summoning, Burzum, Bathory, Forteresse, Drudkh to name a few. Through this there are many hypnotic guitar patterns with mostly simplistic and mid paced beats.

Where I personally believe the music comes alive is through the use of synths and melodies. As opposed to most atmospheric black metal which usually focuses on traditional keyboard choir and string sounds, I’ve adopted the use of harps, horns, timpani’s and singular string instruments too which almost gives the music a more orchestral sound. Not so much in a bombastic film score kind of way, but more so in the way the likes of Summoning use these sounds. I’ve also tried to challenge myself a little vocally ranging from traditional black screams, almost DSBM style shrieks and clear chanting.

It’s almost impossible to create something truly original within this genre these days, but hopefully all of this put together creates something which has even just a hint of uniqueness.


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

I’ve not limited myself to a set theme as such. So far my lyrics are quite personal to me, in that really I’m the only one who truly understands where they came from. Descriptions of my own dreams and nightmares, my own desires and my own thoughts. I also deal with “the north” as it were. Places of interest and natural beauty particularly in County Durham and North Yorkshire. In contrast to that so goes the old saying in England that “It’s grim up north”. Well that kind of plays a part in some of my lyrics, perhaps more in a metaphorical sense.

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

Well the north part is easy, it’s relevant to me and where I come from. As I mentioned before I like to deal with places that I visit which are perhaps mysterious, hidden or secret and very few folk know about. That to me is the meaning behind Arcane North. Through these places I am inspired to write lyrics. I like to involve an element of fantasy, merging reality with my dreams. Combining these two makes for the basis of most of my lyrics and themes.


5.You record all of the musical instruments and vocals by your self, do you feel this gives you more control over your musical sound?

Absolutely. When I write and record I feel very free to experiment. Quite often I’ll have a few beers or a glass of wine and sit and play my guitar or keyboard and the riffs and melodies present themselves to me. I do have a number of close friends though who I often look to for an opinion on a particular song. I feel it’s always good to have another honest opinion from a like-minded soul.


6.Recently you had your ep released as 40 limited copies on cd, are you planning on expanding on cd's or is this going to be more of a digital release?

I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest. I wanted the very first press to be a little more special than your average CD and as a result I made them in short DVD cases with a handmade insert. This limited me to the amount I could feasibly make and as such I ended up making 40.

I will definitely want to press it again if/when the first press sells out. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Digital is always a possibility but one thing I will always focus on with Arcane North is having physical releases. As a collector of music I am very much a fan of physical releases, be it CD, vinyl or even tape.


7.Glorious North Productions is distributing your music, is this going to lead to a recording contract with this label?

I have been in contact with Glorious North for many years now and when I told them about the project the label owner was instantly interested. This does not necessarily mean there will be any sort of contract with them for future releases, but they agreed to distribute the EP which I was very grateful for, and who knows what the future will bring. Needless to say, I’d be happy to continue to worth with Glorious North on future releases, if they are happy to work with me.


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

The EP has only been out a few weeks so it is hard to judge any feedback at present. I have sold copies to people in Finland and Germany as well as in the UK so far so hopefully over time, I’ll have a better gauge of how my music is being received around the world.


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

I am working on a number of new songs. The plan is for a full length but I wouldn’t rule out another EP or even perhaps a split. Ideally though, a full length would be the next step. Expect a release to surface in early 2015 as I will certainly be recording during the winter months.

Musically it’s hard to tell. The new songs I’m working on and the music I have written in my head is still in the same direction as the EP. I think after completing the EP I’ve found a “style” I’m happy with so I will likely build on that. It will be interesting (even for me) to see where it will head in the future.


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?

Particularly on Arcane North I suppose I summed this up earlier. Atmospheric black metal is the main influence. Bands like Summoning, Drudkh, (some) Burzum and the like.

Whilst I do listen to a range of music, I feel to be relevant I should discuss the bands within the black metal remit and recommend some of the great acts the UK underground has on offer. Nordland, Hryre, Ulfarr, Nordenglander, Mountain’s Crave to name a few are some emerging black metal bands with a lot of promise.


11.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose it does. I would not class myself as pagan, but I do sympathise with many of the pagan ideals. I have an interest in Occultism but that is pretty much where it ends. I think the imagery of occultism and paganism are very fitting to black metal and therefore I support their use in that respect.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

It’s perhaps very cliché but I enjoy visiting places, going out for walks etc. Where I live it is very easy to be out into the countryside very quickly so I try to take any opportunity possible to do that. There are many places to explore and discover and it’s amazing what you can find in the wilderness.

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

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Arcane North is still a very new project so I urge all readers to take a few moments to check out my music and if you like it, to share it with like-minded souls.

Expect more to come in the not too distant future.

Farewell,

William

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/arcane-north-interview.html


Exordium Mors/The Apotheosis Of Death/Iron, Blood & Death Corporation/2014 CD Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 20:14

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  New  Zealand's  Exordium  Mords  which  continues  the  raw,  fast  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  of  previous  recordings  with  the  album  being  called  "The  Apotheosis  Of  Death"  and  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  more  upbeat  and  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  technical  death  metal  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  album's  musical  direction.

  On  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  to  get  a  bit  more  heavier  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  deep  and  grim  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  with  this  album  the  old  school  and  technical  death  metal  elements  are  utilized  a  lot  more  than  their  where  on  previous  releases  while  the  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  influences  are  still  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  back  up  gang  thrash  style  vocals  can  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  recording  progresses  the  old  school  thrash  metal  influence  really  starts  to  become  a  dominant  force  of  the  album  and  the  band  also  brings  in  an  instrumental  that  utilizes  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass guitar  lead  while  the  following  tracks  sees  the  band  returning  back  to  a  more  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  direction  as  will  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  melody  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  in  a  few  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Exordium  Mors  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  on  this  album  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians  and  they  also  retain  the  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  aggression  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  new  elements  into  their  musical  style,   the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Roman  Paganism  and  History  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exordium  Mors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Vultures  Descend"  "The  Corpse  Of  Your  Divinity  Now  Burns"  "Fire  &  Triumph"  and  "Blade  Of  Brutus".  8/5  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/exordium-morsthe-apotheosis-of.html


Exordium Mors/Sacrifice, Perish, And Demise/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2013 Cassette Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 06:20

  Exordium  Mors  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Sacrifice,  Perish,  And  Demise"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood,  And  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  fast,  brutal  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the music  combines  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  along  with  a  touch  of  war  metal  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  have  an  early  90's  Florida  death  metal  feeling  to  them  and  some  of  the  melodies  that  the  band  uses  have  a  very  dark  and  Swedish  style  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  the  fast  parts  displaying  a  raw  approach  to  black  metal  and  they  take  the  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  update  it  with  a  more  brutal  touch  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Venom's  "black  Metal"  and  take  this  classic  song  into  a  more  heavier,  raw  and  brutal  direction.

  Exordium  Mors  take  the  heaviest  and  rawest  element s of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  combine  them   together  on  this  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  melody  and  technical  parts  to  really  make  their  musical  style  stand  out  out,  the  production  sounds  very raw,  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Roman  Paganism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exordium  Mors  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sign  of  Judas'  Liege"  and  "Exordium  Mors  (Pagan  Ritual  And  Sacrifice  To  Roman  Gods)".  8  out  of  10.

       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/exordium-morssacrifice-perish-and.html


Propast/Vestnik Preisdodnji/Misanthropic Intolerance/2014 EP Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 05:33

  Propast  are  a  duo  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Vestnik  Presisdodnji"  which  was  released  by  Misanthropic  Intolerance".

  A  dark  ambient  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  epic  and  atmospheric  elements  being  thrown  in  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  has  the  90's  Eastern  European  black  metal  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  being  both  raw  and  epic  at  the  same  times.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  an d epic  in  length  and  the  music  really  starts  heading  for  a  more  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  tracks,  the  third  track  shows  more  slower  riffing  than  the  first  2  as  well  as  a  bit  more  melody  while  also  still  having  its  fast  moments  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Graveland's  "Thurisaz"  that  also  remains  true  to  the  original  version  of  the  song.  

  Propast  plays  a  very  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  captures  the  rawness  of  dark,  evil  atmosphere  of  the  90's  style  down  perfectly,  the  production  sound s very  raw,  old  school and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  Propast  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "u  Plamenu"  and  "Thurisaz".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/propastvestnik-preisdodnjimisanthropic.html


Tempers Creature Interview

dimanche 29 juin 2014 à 18:14
Interview with Aurgelmir of Tempers Creature from Germany

1. Greetings! Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album “Lupus Est Homo Homini”?

Aurgelmir: Greetings! Well, since the release of the album “Lupus Est Homo Homini” we’ve already started with the recording of its successor which will be called “Si Vis Vitam, Para Mortem”. Both of us (my drummer Arngrim and I) have a lot to do, so I think this new record will not be finished before summer or autumn 2015.

2. Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of your latest output “Lupus Est Homo Homini” and also how it does differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Aurgelmir: “Lupus Est Homo Homini” is our most diverse output so far. We’ve recorded the most depressive, but also the most aggressive songs in the history of our band for that album. “Lupus Est Homo Homini” is split into four parts – the first part contains raw Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, full of sorrow, despair and grief. The second part is the aggressive one. The songs you can find there are hateful and misanthropic, as a result of a betrayal my band member Arngrim and I have experienced by so-called “friends” and society. The third part is concerned with patriotism and the love to our fatherland – Swabia in Germany. For me it was necessary to dedicate some songs to my homeland, we shall never forget our roots. The fourth part finally is a mixture between depression and aggression. All parts are linked with some little intros and interludes. So, as you can see, there will be no boredom by listening to our new album.
The main difference between “Lupus Est Homo Homini” and our previous records, “Als Hoffnung starb…” (Demo, never released), “Eternal Sorrow” (EP, released in 2011) and “Thanatos” (full-length, released in 2012) is that “Lupus Est Homo Homini” is our first pure Metal album. On our previous outputs there was a mixture between Black Metal, Neofolk and Ambient. “Lupus Est Homo Homini” contains exclusively Black Metal with some piano-interludes. This is the biggest difference. And, of course, the sound-quality has improved a lot since “Thanatos”.  

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Aurgelmir: The lyrical topics we explore are misanthropy (“Letztes Strafgericht”,…), sorrow, despair, loneliness (“Schmerz, mein einzig’ Freund”, “Winter im Herzen”,…), Northern and Celtic mythology (“Wuotans wildes Heer”,…) and the love to Swabia (“Suebia (Heimaterde),…). All of these topics are related with our past and our life. For example, I am Ásatrúar, I believe in the gods of old, so, Northern mythology is very important for me. I am trying to relate socio-critical topics with my religious beliefs, as I do in the songs “Der Menschheit Weltenbrand” or “Letztes Strafgericht”.  The misanthropic and sorrowful lyrics are a result of personal experiences, for instance the betrayal I talked about. So, all of our lyrical topics have personal backgrounds.  

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

Aurgelmir: Humanity is the biggest plague the world was ever faced with. Humans have forgotten how to love – there is no love in this world. Only hate. Everybody is begrudging his next; the people are unable to make compromises. Humanity is full of wrath, full of temper. We are all creatures of this temper. So, “Tempers Creature” is a synonym for this pestilence called mankind. In conclusion, the name is standing for total misanthropy.

5. Originally the band was a 1 man project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?

Aurgelmir: That is easy to explain. In 2008 I founded Tempers Creature by myself, only using synthesizers, my electric- and my bass-guitar for my first two releases (“Als Hoffnung starb…”, “Eternal Sorrow”). You can say that Tempers Creature was Dark Ambient at this time. But my intention behind Tempers Creature was forming a Black Metal band. For that I needed a drummer since I am not able to play the drums – and drum programming was never an option for me. For the album “Thanatos” I’ve found a guest musician who played the drums for me, but I need stability to create music without any restrictions. So, in early spring 2013 I asked an acquaintance - who is now my best friend - to join the band as my new drummer: Arngrim. That’s why I’ve expanded Tempers Creature into a duo.

6. The new album came out on Sturmglanz, can you tell us a little bit more about this label and also how would you compare working with them to your previous label Depressive Illusions?

Aurgelmir: “Sturmglanz Produktionen” is an underground label specialized in Black Metal, localized in Thuringia, Germany. Some of the bands Sturmglanz is working with are, for example, “Paria”, “Urlog”, “Selbsttötung”, “Faagrim” or “Permafrost”. This label is supporting its bands very well, for example, there are interviews with the bands for the “Sturmglanz Webzine”, the label is promoting its bands wherever it can, and the person behind Sturmglanz is always there for you if you have any questions. It is a very professional and fruitful collaboration with Sturmglanz. But the main difference between Sturmglanz and my former label, Depressive Illusions, is: Sturmglanz is really only dedicated to the underground. Depressive Illusions has thousands of bands and outputs – and by thousands I mean thousands. It is impossible to stick out of this mass of bands. Sturmglanz has only a small amount of 18 bands they are working with. They are able to care for every single project and band, and that is very important for me.

7. On the new album you had some tributes to Burzum and Sturmpercht, can you tell us a little bit more about this tributes and the impact both of these projects have had on your musical sound?

Aurgelmir: The two tributes you talk about are “Die Liebe Nerthus” from Burzum and “Wir rufen deine Wölfe” from Sturmpercht. I don’t think that I have to tell you something about Burzum in and of itself because of the projects fame. Burzum was a huge influence on my creative work, especially the two records “Filosofem” and “Hvis lyset tar oss”. The unique atmosphere Varg Vikernes creates with this albums are overwhelming. Both of these outputs are a huge inspiration for me and I like to cover Burzum songs to honor this band.
Sturmpercht whereas is a Neofolk band from Austria and Bavaria. The lyrical topics of this band are alpine myths and Nordic mythology. I really enjoy listening to Sturmpercht, they create a very melancholic and dreamy atmosphere, coupled with a domestic music feel from the past where domestic music was a huge part of our culture. Neofolk is a kind of music I really appreciate; it is like coming home from a long journey - and the song “Wir rufen deine Wölfe” by Sturmpercht is my all-time favorite of this genre, so I decided to cover this song in my own style.


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

Aurgelmir: I don’t think that we can speak of a worldwide level when talking about Tempers Creature, my project is relatively unknown. I’ve sold some albums to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and the United States, but only one or two copies to each of these countries. Most of the people who are listening to Tempers Creature are from Germany, so, I don’t know if we can really say that there is something like a “worldwide level” when talking about my band. Well, apart from this, the feedback I’ve got so far was very positive, the variety and the atmosphere of the record were lauded a lot and that means very much to me.

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

Aurgelmir: I will stay true to my music and my style of playing Black Metal. The new album “Si Vis Vitam, Para Mortem” will heading into the same direction as “Lupus Est Homo Homini”, it will be a well-balanced mixture between depression and aggression with the typical Tempers Creature sound.

10. 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?

Aurgelmir: The biggest influence on my music where the bands “Lifelover”, “Blutklinge” and, as I told before, “Burzum”. Especially Blutklinge is a very important band for me, it was my first contact with Depressive Suicidal Black Metal – you can say it was the beginning of the madness which was leading to found Tempers Creature. Other bands I really enjoy listening to are “Horn”, “Licht erlischt”, “Angest Herre”, “Lustre”, “Withering Night”, “Happy Days”, “Satanic Warmaster”, “Karg” and a lot more. I really enjoy a lot of DSBM and classical Black Metal projects. For me, Black Metal is the most compelling music we have nowadays.

11. Can you tell us a little bit more about the Pagan culture on the Suebians?

Aurgelmir: The Suebians where a Germanic tribe, localized in the area which is now called Baden-Wurttemberg and Swabia. The most important leader of this tribe was king Ariovist who fought against the Celts and the Romans, he united a lot of tribes into a big Suebian-German kingdom, unfortunately he was defeated by Caesar in 58 B.C.. The Suebians where pagans, they believed in Allfather Wodan, in Donar, Ziu, Freya, in the Æsir and Vanir. After the Christianization of Europe the memory of our gods faded away, today only 20,000 people in Germany acknowledge themselves to the gods of old – I am one of them. And by people acknowledging themselves to Allfather Wodan I don’t mean those stupid pseudo Pagans, rising their horns, screaming: “Drinking for Odin”. I mean people who really live their lives in the old ways, living the old values. But even if those memories and values are fading, the culture was characterized by the Germanic tribes and their believes. You can see it on holidays like Easter which is a Christianized revival of the old Ostara-cult. Even the names of our days are connected with the gods of old: Wednesday – The day of Wodan. Thursday – The day of Thor, in Germany: Donnerstag, the day of Donar. So, even if we are only a few who stay true to the old ways, our culture was, is and will be Germanic and Pagan.  

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Aurgelmir: Well, unfortunately I have not that much time to attend many hobbies. I enjoy reading, especially history-books about our ancestors and German history. Apart from this I like to do drawings and graphics. But, as I said, unfortunately my job takes up a lot of spare time, if I want to have the time to play music I’ll have to lower one’s sights concerning nonmusical interests.

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

Aurgelmir: Thank you very much for this interesting interview. This was my first one in English, so, I hope my language skills are not too rusted. Good luck with the OccultBlackMetalZine and all the best for the future.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/tempers-creature-interview.html