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Eyelids Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 14:18
1.Recently you have released a demo, 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?
1) Our sound includes a set of Depressive Black Metal, with moody streaks. We were looking for a very dark and dirty sound.
Our launch demo was done in 2015, it was released in April 2016 by "Masked Dead Records", and it was sould out in just four hours.

We didn't expect such a thing.

"Departure" has been our first release.

2.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2016 to release a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
2) It has to be said that, at the beginning, Eyelids' (project) started as an ambient strumental project, but we didn't release anything. As time goes by, we decided to take the way of dsbm.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores wit the music?
3) Our lyrics talk only about desolation, melancholy and solitude, and this is  what we want to send out to those who listen to us.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eyelids'?
4) For us "eyelids" indicate a sense of weightlessness and abandonment, and eyes are the mirror of everything.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5) At the moment we do not perform, but in a second time, we could think about a formation to do that.
6.On a worldwide level how has he feedback been to our music by fans of depressive black metal?
6. DSBM is an elitist genre and not so popular, but the hit in the  underground, four our part, is positive.

7.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
7) Our sound is influencend by bands like Trist and Hypothermia. Our taste has always been projected in B.M.Our preferences are always focused on black metal. One of the album I've most listened in recent times is Futility of Mgla.

8.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?
8) In our free time we would rather escape from the daily routine, and we like losing ourselves into nature.

9.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
9) We take the opportunity to say that soon the reprint of "Departure" will be released in a cd jewelcase version with "Adimere Records". After that we will be ready for our first EP. Stay tuned and follow us.

Many thanks to all of you of occultblackmetalzine!

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Februus Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 14:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1) Hello and thanks for the opportunity (and sorry for my english). My project is born as an attempt to make known the cultural pre-roman heritage of Italy, unfortunately often unknown. With my music I would like to spread the Etruscan culture, because it's not too much unknown as we think. In fact, Etruscans left important traces in our society (for example the name Lapo: it is a wrong transliteration did from the Romans of the Etruscan name Larth) or also of the incredible monuments that they left. Also, with this project I would like to make known the Etruscan language, that has been always surrounded by mystery, but today is almost reconstructed. (The only difficulty is that we have few documents, almost all on the funeral world, but they include the important Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis.)

2.In November you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your recording?
 2) In my first demo “Sacnisa” (that means “consacration” in Etruscan language), the sound that I have tried to create is deliberately raw with riffs between atmospheric and aggressive. I had a very big help in this from the greek black metal scene, one of my favourites. Moreover, i would like to mention Nattens Madrigal of Ulver and Huldrafolk of Weyrd because they introduced me to this genre. The more difficult part was writing the texts (at that time I had just passionated to Etruscan language) and to rebuild phrases work only on few books and ceramic fragments, and it was a big limit. I took 4 months to do these 3 texts and I did some mistakes about the Etruscan pronunciation. "Il tramonto della Luna" was written by Heliogabus (Veia).

3.You refer to your music as 'Etruscan black metal' and your lyrics also go into the Paganism, and Rituals of that culture, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the topic?
3) My interest in Etruscan people was born at about the age of 7. As soon as I began to study Etruscan people I appreciated and loved their culture and traditions. Since when I began to study history at University I'm continuing with this passion also if I don't have the way to make a careful study of Etruscan people because unfortunately in Florence University doesn't work very well. Moreover this allowed me to known better my land (for example only few people know that on Calvana mountain in Prato is situated a big Etruscan necropolis or on the top of Monte Morello was situated a temple, or maybe a little fortress, unfortunately we don't have archaeological remains, except for some ceramic fragments).
While I was exploring the Chiusi area, I also found a little tumulus with the grave goods still visible. Hope that after my report to the Surveillance, they'll make it visitable to everyone.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Februus'?
4) The name “Februus” comes from the name of an Etruscan divinity that was after integrated in the Roman Pantheon. Probabily, it was the God of disease and of rebirth.The month of February tooks the name from this divinity and in the ancient world people organizated “parties of rebirth” with rites survived for many years and readapted in christian era.
The most important day of this festivity was the 14 th of february after handed down in the useless San Valentine's day. I think it is an appropriate name because this project was born when i was 16 years old and it was abandoned several times with many changes of name, themes and riffs writing.It accompained me for a lot of time and it has symbolized the “rebirth” of my interest for Etruscan culture.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians in other bands and projects, do you feel you have a lot more room to be creative with this project?
5) My projects with other people are almost finished bad because people often change their ideas or lose their interest. First, I played drum in the band Valhalla HC, a project did just for fun, after we created Guazzabuglio HC but at the end when things became more serious no one wants to play anymore, and we split up.
I had also others projects of various genre but no one worked well
I put aside Sonnenrad, my second black metal project, because of problems and conflicts in the band line up. Now I'm trying to rebuild the project with Eterna Rovina at the voice.
I usually write the music and so I can do what I want with riff compositions.

6.'Masked Dead Productions' released your demo onto cd, so far have you been happy with the support they gave given you so far?
6) Matteo of Masked Dead always supported me in my projects and I hope I'll have him soon as guest in one of my projects. Thanks to their propaganda I was able to make myself known and so I thanks them really much.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7) I think that people know me much better abroad that here in Italy and this is fun. With Defiled Light records I republished the demo and it make sold out really soon. Then, here in Italy I had many conflicts with the "black metal scene" because there if you want to be supported you have to make friend the "bosses" of scene, kinda like a "mafia". I don't care about these idiots. My music is born with an "educative" purpose, because I think that black metal is an excellent way to spread knowledge, as my experience in greek scene teached me. I would like also cite the project “Selvans” that with his sonority and his tematics I think that it is able to do this. Same thing for Haive, Skyforger and many others bands (we notice that they are all abroad)

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
8) In this period I recorded the bass for Veia's album, another etruscan black metal project from Rome. The riff composition of this album (written by Heliogabalus, bases of the project) is awesome, the lyrics are beautiful and the atmosphere is unique. I'm honored to work with him, because this project inspired me for Februus. I recommend you to follow this band that can do so much. Moreover, I'm recording also an EP for Sonnenrad ("Estinzione Volontaria") that should be with violents, ripetitives,unhealthy riffs as for example Craft, Noia, Darkthrone etc..Also, I'm recording an acoustic neofolk release with Aisna, my project based on in-nature field recordings in some of Etruscan places that I visited. Maybe in the future it will be a return of Stige, my other raw black metal side project.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
) I can't describe me as a musician. I think that there is a big difference between who plays instruments and who's a true musician. I think that the last one is a person who creates artistics, sentimentals and creatives masterpieces. Nowadays there are a lot of people who tries to be musician with bad results. Maybe the fault is the diffusion of recording methods, because to recording today is very simple and there are a lot of people that they sucks playing instruments but they name themselves “musician”.  Anyway, I'll continue recording, because create music is something that relax me and it allow to reorganize thoughts.
Most of my songs are improvisations, I never write music and I never try to do it. Hope I'll continue to improve myself because in  life we never stop learning.

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?
10) I could stay hours to list all the bands that influenced me: Darkthrone, Noia, Veia, Bacchia Neraida, Uranus, Wyrd, Häive, Skyforger, La caruta di li Dei, Selvans, Wederganger, Solefald, Taake, Ulver, Balds Draumar, Tengger Cavalry, Call me Loretta, Xasthur, Musk Ox, October Falls, Dråpsnatt, Bunker 66, Barbarian, Burzum, Valì, Sol Invictus, Agalloch etc..
I listen and play several musical genres, but lately I listen so much neofolk and classical music but I love stoner rock // sludge // doom (I could pass hours to talk about how many fantastics bands are in these genres, like Kyuss, Truckfighters, Blacklight Barbarian, Om, Ufomammut, Gum, Robanera, Eyehategod, El Thule etc.) obviously black metal, death (as Baphomet, Massacre, Repulsion etc..) thrash (as my friends Collapse), thrashcore, punk hc, electronics ( it has many subgenres, and I love especially sample based music as Oneothrix Point Never, Avalanches etc..), screamo, (as La Quiete, Age Sixteen, Fealacèva etc.) and experimental things or prog//avantgarde, like Buon Vecchio Charlie etc.. I listen also masterpieces like Nick Drake, De André, Guccini, Claudio Lolli, Piero Ciampi, etc.., they changed my life and influenced a lot some of my works.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

11) Study and research are parts of my life. I work in an archeological association, the “Mula d'Oro”, that tries to discover and safeguard the cultural heritage in my territory. I really like visit archeological areas especially in forests. I always do many escursions and trekking and I love to spend more time in forests than at home.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) I would like to remember to the readers the importance of safeguarding our cultural heritage. In a society like ours, which wastes money to enrich privates and entrepreneurs , the only way we have to defend our culture is with the commitment of each of us. Anyway, Februus is my contribution to spread love for our history and our beautiful country. Thanks again for this interview.

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Tzaak Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 10:02
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Lars Müller-Bohn and I’m playing for Tzaak. The project started a year ago when I recorded a riff which eventually turned in to the song Livet & Døden (Life & Death). The music had a much different style then my previous release called “Out of Hands” (which was a Death Metal album). As soon as the song Livet & Døden was finished, I decided to make more songs which had a similar style. Eventually I made the decision to release it under a different project name which later became Tzaak. However since I was unhappy with the mixing of the songs I dropped the project for a while. A Few months later I had a school task to compose a song. So I just recorded new riffs to a song which later became My Masterpiece. In that time I also made 3 other songs with the same guitar setting. The thought of making it to an album came through and it later became Gjemt Ondskap.

2. Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
There has not been any grand plan of how or what the album should sound like. I wanted the guitars to sound like a mix between the tiny amp distortion and the more clean sounding distortion so you can have the black metal feeling and hear the notes that are being played. I did not spend much time choosing what synth I should use. I wanted one synth pad to play more in the background on key phases and the other two synths to switch between lead and background.
Overall my purpose in the end was to make it sound reverbish but not so much that you can’t hear what is being played by various instruments.

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

The lyrics on this album are inspired by political issues. It does not call names or labels directly since it is written in a different context.

My Masterpiece is written by the point of view by a tyrannical government that indoctrinates a population to a collectivist ideology. All the values and opinions that the people think they have are actually designed by what the government wants them to think. The people are thus raised to be slaves of it. The end of the song is about how the indoctrination and propaganda is not working anymore. The people are breaking free from the trance and start thinking for themselves as individuals.

Gjemt Ondskap is about virtue signalers who pretend to care about human suffering and minorities. But in reality what they want is to make them feel good about themselves. They are willing to sacrifice and destroy the lives of others for that cause. Even if it actually harms or hurts the people they supposedly want to represent. It does not matter as long as they can make themselves look humanitarian. They will do anything to receive the drug of good feelings. Thus those people are looking like good people on the surface but beneath it there is evil. Gjemt Onskap means hidden evil in english.

Cultural Heritage is simply about a patriotic man/women who loves his/her country, his/her people, his/her culture and is willing to fight and die to protect it.

Future Descendants is about a political uproar where the people are betrayed by their leaders who are opening the gates to a new population who will eventually replace them one by one. The people are called for to fight for their children to have a future and eventually overthrow their traitorous leaders.

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

My online nickname on various accounts has been Kaazt2004, 2008, 2011 etc.
I just reversed the letters of the name Kaazt to Tzaak. I already had a project named after my real name and since I have been using this nickname for years, 
I name the project inspired by this nickname.     

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

I’m definitely interested to work with engineers who are experienced with the genre and know the subject of sound and mixing very well. On this record I did everything myself except the final mastering bit. On the musical basis I prefer to write the music for myself because I want to express my own musical self in this project. However I would gladly invite a real drummer to play songs on a record and maybe play the songs live with other people one day.

6. The album was released through 'Sepulchral Silence Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

This is the first time I have worked with a record label and
I’m very happy about the support they gave me so far.

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

There hasn't been much feedback so far, the ones who liked my stuff clicked the like button but they did not write to me in person. There have been a few negative voices that offered some constructive criticism. However some self-righteous other people just engaged in personal attacks which aren’t really helpful to me.

8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I have been making and releasing music by my real name (Lars Müller-Bohn) since 2013. The releases come from everything from melodic ambient (Magic of a Rational Mind) to death metal (Out of Hands).  These records are especially badly produced since I literally didn’t know a dam thing about mixing, sound, microphones and all that stuff. Honestly I still don’t know much about it just a little bit more.

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

Well my main goal is to make a basic living out of music not getting filthy rich but still getting enough income to have a normal life without poverty. Secondly I hope that I at least have one record that stands out in time so I can look back on it and be proud of it. I cannot look in to the near future but I will definitely continue making music in the future whether it becomes popular or not. I want to do my own thing and make it available for people who want to listen to it.

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?

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Dunkelheit by Burzum, early Opeth (especially Orchild), Swedish black metal band Lustre and Coldworld’s  Melancholie². I was fascinated how someone could play chords with heavy distorted guitars and still sound great. So I started to write my own riffs in a similar way. Also ambient/electronic artist like Motionfield and David Helping have had an impact on me.

On my previous Death Metal record I was of course influence by artist like Slayer, Obituary, Napalm Death, Sepultura and Carcass. My favorite guitar player when it comes to Death/Thrash riffing is Bill Steer.  

Today I’m not listening too much though. I often use the weekly discovery list on Spotify.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Since a year ago I have started to follow certain political issues with great interest.
I also regularly watch and follow soccer matches. I used to watch many movies and such but it has been a long time since I have done it. Other topics that interest me are some philosophical topics; however it has been a while since I really got deep in to this stuff.

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

Not really I will just continue and see how it goes in the future for me.

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Orae/Disbirth/Home Taping Cruelties/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 20:50

  Orae  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Disbirth"  which  was  released  by  Home  Taping  Cruelties.

  Clean  guitar playing  starts off  the  demo  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  angry  black  metal vocals  make  their  presence  known on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads are  very  dark  and  melodic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

 When  the  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  edge  and  deep  growls can  also  be  heard  at times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  a  drone  instrumental  while  the  remaining  songs  have  vocals  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  which  also  gives  the  demo more  variety.

  Orae  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  getting  very experimental  and  avant  garde  on  most  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orae  are  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disbirth"  and  "Defection".  8  out  of  10.

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The Infamous Gehenna/Bleach Everything/Heavy Metal Suicide/Magic Bullet Records/2016 Split EP Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 19:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Nevada's  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  Virginia's  Bleach  Everything  called  "Heavy  Metal  Suicide"  which will  be  released  in  August  by  Magic  Bullet  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  the  infamous  Gehenna  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of t he  genre  along  with  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  there  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  drinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this band,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Get  Fucked  Up".

  Next  up  is  Bleach  Everything  a  band  that  plays  hardcore  with  some  punk  elements.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  hardcore  sound  along  with  some  aggressive  shouting  vocals  that  also  use  screams  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  along  with  the  energy  of  punk  and  there  songs  are  very  short  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bleach  Everything  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  you  should c heck  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Witch,  Please".

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  and  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.


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