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Thy Worshiper Interview

dimanche 12 janvier 2014 à 23:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have finished recording in March. It took us 10 days. Then we've been waiting for mixes for a few months. Since then we found a label – Czarna Dzika Czerwień will be released on 18 February by Pagan Records. We’ve played a few gigs, one of them on festival in Poland. Also we have a few new songs. We are still working hard in the rehearsal room ;)

2. Recently, you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past releases?
Probably all of the bands are saying that they want to do something special that was not recorded before. We also tried to that. Our main goal was to create music that will take listeners to different dimension. It was whole concept: our photo session, our video (not released yet), our lyrics and music. Check out our pictures - I think it's really good illustration of Czarna Dzika Czerwień. Gloomy, strange and beautiful landscapes. We tried to take our listeners to that place –full of mysteries and demons.

3. The band was broken up for 9 years, what was the cause of the split and the decision to reform?
Actually, band was never disbanded. After Popiol , I’ve recorded a few demos but never released them. You can find them on youtube if  you want. I couldn't find a proper person to join me. In the end i've met Peter and together we recorded Signum.

4. According to the Metal Archives page, the band is originally from Poland but recently re located to Ireland, what made you decide to relocate to another country?
Economic situation in Poland. All of us met here in Dublin where we had a fresh start.

5. Since 2005 there have only been 2 albums and a demo, what was the cause of the gaps?
First all of us have to had find our musical language. We tried to create something new and that takes time. Our album Wschód – our first one with the new lineup was far from perfect. We tried to improve all what we didn't like and that also took a lot of time. In the end we’ve never officially released, it remains a demo.

6. The lyrics cover a lot of Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your Pagan views?
It's even hard to tell what paganism is, would you agree? The scene is full of band which claims that they playing pagan metal. In most of the cases it means that they are using flutes or some other folk instruments and singing about ancient gods. That's not our way. For us paganism is being close to the nature. To be in harmony with yourself.

7. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thy Worshiper'?

Author of that name is Capricornus from Graveland. It was in early 90's. So you could imagine that first meaning was the most extreme one... To be honest I think that his inspiration was first Samael’s album Worship Him.

8 .What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

In the 90s our best gig was with Vader in Poland. We didn't played too many gigs so almost every one was special for us. In Dublin we are playing much more often. Among recent ones - maybe with Cruachan for their 20th anniversary? Our performance? A few stoned shamans and one witch ;)

9. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
There will be few gigs and festivals in future that we will play. But none of them is confirmed at the moment.

10. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and pagan music?
We received good feedback and we are really surprised! We thought that no one will understand our music but reviews are amazing. The guys who listened to the album pay attention to these parts of our music that are really important for us. Maybe that means that people are bored with predictable music.

11. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We already composed few songs. Our next album will be more groovy and more shamanistic than CDC. As always, we are trying new things.


12. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
As a teeneger I was a maniac of thrash then death then black metal. So that Music is still in my blood. But nowadays I can't and none of us can listen to much metal. Most modern albums are just boring. Bands are playing the same stuff like 20 years ago. But back then everyone at least tried to be original. Now? Labels like bands which playing like other popular bands. The same story with the most listeners. Where are all these people for who the music is like an adventure? Like a journey to discover new worlds?

13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Every of us had a bit different interests. Ania is a digital disigner, Grabaż is a sculptor, Tomasz is a kung fu master, Marshall is a mountaineer and Darek likes dogs.

14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
If you want to listen to something new? Try Thy Worshiper! Slava! 3 / 3

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/thy-worshiper-interview.html


Vinter/When Everything Dies/Depressive Illusions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 12 janvier 2014 à 05:40

  Vinter  are  a  band  from  Mexico that  plays  a  very  depressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "When  Everything  Dies"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  human  suffering  sounds  before  adding  in  melodic  singing  and  a  couple  of  minutes later  clean  guitars  and  drums  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  having  an  ambient  feeling  to  the  song  and  it  continues  in  this  direction  when  the  second  song  comes  on  for  a  minute  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Once  the  heavy  parts  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  depressive  screams  while  also  still  utilizing  an  ambient  atmosphere  which  also  utilizes  elements  of  post  rock  as  well  as  adding  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  album  keeps  a  very  melancholic  and  suicidal  feeling  to  it  and  the  music  never  goes  into  a  fast  direction  until  around  the  6th  song  which  adds  to  the  tranquility  of  the  recording  but  the  music  does  have  its  heavy  moments  as  well  as  adding  some  tragic  sounding  pianos  and  on  the  fourth  song  drones  make  their  way  onto  the  record  and  when  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  use  a  great  amount  of  skill  and  talent.

  Vinter  have  their  own  approach  to  depressive  black  metal,  while  there  are  vocals  utilized  at  times  the  band  concentrates  more  on  instrumental  work  to  get  their  message  across  and  it  adds  to  their  dark  and  tragic  take  on  this  sub genre.

  Song  lyrics  when  they  are  utilized  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vinter  are  a  very  decent  and  different  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nostalgia  Arises"  "Ashes  of  A  Suicidal  Life"  and  "When  Everything  Dies".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/vinterwhen-everything-diesdepressive.html


Widerwertig Interview

samedi 11 janvier 2014 à 06:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are three guys with three instruments. That means there is one instrument per guy (guitar, bass and drums, a very special constellation). We started making music four years ago and produced three albums, two of them are already available and one is in production and will be released in a few weeks. During the time in which we were writing our first album, we were two guys, but then a third guy appeared. Fortunately he has not disappeared until now.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
We try to build up a dark atmosphere to destroy this atmosphere with other elements (punk, psychedelic, sparkling unicorn fights ...) in order to produce something bizarre. For us, it is important to mix very deep feelings with elements which might seem to not fit in totally.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Sometimes we take passages from books (burroughs, nietzsche, freud..), sometimes we could not resist the urge to write about meaningless philosophical topics. There are also songs we just tried to imitate animal sounds (dying pigs, screaming goats..) The new album will have no vocals.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Widerwertig?
It is a wordplay because in germany "widerwärtig" with the letter "ä" is the german word for "disgusting". "Wider" means something like "against" and "wertig" refers somehow to "values". We know it is not possible to be against social values, it is just a try to stand for a critical view on morality (the only problem is, the more you are outside, the more you are inside). Therefore you can´t reduce our philosophy to nihilism, but if you want to, you can reduce it to sparkling unicorns.
5.Has the band done any live shows or is this a studio project?
We had a few live shows in our area. Because of our upcoming album release we plan some other shows.
6.The new album came out on Negation Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It is a recently founded label to support the local underground scene. There are a few other projects which release there, also some black metal projects like "Flagellant". The label has no focus on a specific genre.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
The eastern hemisphere seems to like our music, especially the chinese one. The russian black metal community has been teared apart into the ones who like us and the others who do not. today there is a big war between them and we hope no one gets hurt because of our music. In the future there will be another big war about if this statement is true or not.We would like to get more feedback from america, because there are great bands.
8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
In the past there was the project "miriquidi eremit", a mixture of post rock and punk. We also make music together in other constellations and perhaps there will be releases in the future. For example there will be a split beat tape from "cap farewell" and "onkel jutter king".
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We will stick to our way of permutating our style slightly while we are always trying to approach our idea(l) of music.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands which influenced our music are still the bands we are listening to today. there are bands like "paysage d'hiver", "Gris", "Bone awl", "Porcupine Tree", "Pyramids", "Randy Newman", "Wu-Tang-Clan", "Beach House" and "Aphex Twin", the usual stuff.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Searching for food in trash cans, fighting homophobia, thinking about the structure of social existence, truck driving, physics. We also like to sleep in the woods and drink alcohol.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We like racoons and we hope to see some soon. There are not many in germany but they become more. And finally we want to thank god for all that oxygen in the air around, because without all that oxygen we believe we would probably suffocate very slowy which certainly would mean a painful death... We want thank you for your interest in our music and for this interview.
We apologise that it took so long until we answered!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/widerwertig-interview.html


Anakeion/Ghooric Zone/Katabaz Records/2013 Full length Review

vendredi 10 janvier 2014 à 06:59

  Anakeion  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black/dark  metal  with  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Ghooric  Zone"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  symphonic  synths  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  a  minute  alter  programmed  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  album  and  when  the  album  goes  into  the  second  later  melodic  black  metal  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  it  starts  adding  in a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  while  still  focusing  more  on  heavy  and  symphonic  parts  and  the  guitars  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  have  as  much  power  as  the  synths  with  the  album  being  more  rooted  in  metal  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  which  usually  focus  more  on  synths  which  also  bring  in  a  lot  of  dark  ambient  and  epic  elements  to  the  recording  which  you  can  also  hear  on  the  2  instrumentals  where  they  take  over  and  when  solos  are  added  into  the  recording  they  enhance  the  dark  black  metal  qualities  of  the  record.

  Anakeion  bring  in  a  different  approach  to  this  genre  instead  off  being  a  copy  of  Summoning  Or  Fear  of  Eternity  they  he  used  a  little  bit  more  guitar  and  melodic  death  metal  sound  while  also  taking  influences  from  the  previously  mentioned  2  bands  and  creates  his  own  musical  style.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  along  with  some  of  the  lyrical  content  based  on  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  epic  sound  with  none  of  the  songs  going  past  5  minutes.

  In  my  opinion  Anakeion  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  project  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  the  Ghooric  Zone"  "The  Shapeless  Messenger"  and  "The  Altar  Of  Madness".  8 out  of  10.  http://anakeion.bandcamp.com/album/ghooric-zone


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/anakeionghooric-zonekatabaz-records2013.html


Arathgoth/Brutal Winter/Katabaz Records/2013 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 06:14

  Arathgoth  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Forgotten  lands  that  started  out  as  a  dungeon  synth  project  but  started  utilizing  elements  of  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  with  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Brutal  Winter"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  heavy  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  synths  and  then  going  into  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  dungeon  synth  being  mixed  with  black metal  while  the  heavy  parts  dominate  over  the  synths  and  the  screams  also  start  utilizing  more  depressive  elements  and  when  the  album  goes  into  the  third  song  it  shows  a  return  back  to  the  dungeon  synth  style  of  earlier  albums  and  the  black  metal  makes  a  return  halfway  through  the  album  and  takes  over  again.

  The  music  on  the  album  starts  to  change  it  starts  out  being  black  metal  and  then  goes  to  dungeon  synth  and  after  awhile  it  will  alternate  between  both  styles  while  also  being  mixed  together  and  you  can  hear  Arathgoth  has  progressed  a  lot  with  this  recording  and  he  never  repeats  himself  and  so  far  all  4  of  his  albums  have  sounded  different  for  each  other.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  cold  and  pagan  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  which  is  perfect  for  the  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  the  music  is  not  too  overproduced.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brutal  Winter"  "Lost  In  The  Blizzard"  "Pale  Moon"  and  "Thin  ice".  9  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/arathgothbrutal-winterkatabaz.html