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Shadowdream Interview

jeudi 1 mai 2014 à 00:27
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the music project these days?

Just recently I have signed with Italian label WormHole Death Records which will release my sixth full length album titled Um. This album also marks my 10 year musical work under the name Shadowdream. I must add that I am more than happy with collaboration with the WormHole Death, as they are very honest and professional label.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also ho does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I was preparing this album for three years, as not only the concept for it but the whole process of materializing this concept into the right sound was very exhausting. As with previous Shadowdream work, the album is dealing with certain themes I find mesmerizing and worth exploring.

The theme here are the struggles of a schizophrenic mind, the process of losing the touch with the reality and crossing the line into the deepest disturbances a human mind can produce. Therefore, the album title is Um, which is Serbian word for mind and the music I describe as “psychotic jazz”, but in a metaphorical way, as it is not, for example, psychotic in a free-jazz way. The music is a mixture of dark ambient and jazz.

On every Shadowdream record the music comes from within the theme, so some Shadowdream albums are more neoclassical, some electronic, some metal, but the core is the same – eclectic musical expression in order to enlighten me and individuals who want to think, as the music is always a two way process – It is not just what I compose, it is how the spectator on the other end perceive it. And everyone who thinks with their own mind will perceive it differently, that is the beauty of it.

3.The earlier material was more black metal but the newer stuff  is more ambient, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

First three releases were black metal, but as the concepts for the albums became more complex and my thirst for artistic exploration bloomed, I have progressed into ambient / neoclassical / jazz style, which still has black metal influences, they are just played and expressed differently.

4.What are some of the  concepts  and images you bring out with your newer music?

As for the latest album, I have already explained the concept behind it. Previous two albums were dealing with artistic and scientific spheres I hold very dear and close to me – Renaissance and Astronomy. With music I tried to evoke the human imagination in order to experience, if only for a minute, the greatness of the achievements these two themes brought to us.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadowdream'/

The inspiration and meaning behind the Shadowdream lies in the idea that Art gives an answer to what cannot be answered. Therefore, it gives me and people who listen to the music, a new dimension which could help understand as well as to pose new questions on the ideas and themes I am dealing with.

6.With this project you work all solo, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music?

Absolutely, as I have freedom to work at my own pace and there are no restrictions in how to approach the matter in question. As the themes are quite complex and require good background preparation i.e. reading and exploring the matter, the time and subjectivism is really important.

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

The feedback was great. I am very happy with that as I am not composing music to please anyone’s taste but mine.

8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Currently, there are two more bands I am involved in. First is a Serbian Black metal act Ancient Sorrow (https://myspace.com/ancientsorrowhorde), which is working on the upcoming EP, while second one is a Swedish Deaosophic Death/Black Metal Dys Inbunden (https://www.facebook.com/DysInbunden13), that is currently working on second album and is in the progress of promoting the first album worldwide.

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

I will need some time to clear my mind from the current album and concept behind it and search some new challenging ideas and themes in order to continue the Shadowdream. When I find the ideas, the musical style will start to come on it’s own.

10.According to the bio you have an interest in astronomy, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

That is correct. Astronomy was always a thing of interest for me, not just because it puts in perspective some of the greatest scientific questions, but because it shows us how insignificant we actually are on a grand scale. The whole symphony and cacophony happening at the same time is amazing to follow first hand and it inspires me in my Artistic journey.

11.Also the bio said you had an interest in Mayan Civilization and have written many essays about it, what is it that interests you about this ancient tribe?

The main interest behind the Mayas is their scientific achievements, which again brings me to the astronomical themes, but also the cultural and artistic features of this great civilization. However, the fall of the Mayas and the mysticism behind it is a driving force in my exploration of them.

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 basically listen to all sorts of musical styles and bands, as I can find something interesting in any number of them. Mainly, I listen to metal music, jazz, classical, electronic, rock etc., but am always open to exploring new horizons. Just now I am enjoying in the brooding atmosphere of Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones and Paimonia’s Disease Named Humanity, an excellent death/black record from this Serbian band.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

As I have an MA degree in Cinema, one of my greatest passions are moving images. I am a massive film collector as well as the owner of Sunsettlers Cinema, where I work as a film director, editor and director of photography. That is the reason why I create conceptual albums based on the program music style, as I want to create a film without moving images, just with music tones.

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

Thank you for the interview and to those few who read this to the very end.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/shadowdream-interview.html


The Great Old Ones Interview

mercredi 30 avril 2014 à 00:52
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Jeff: Since the recording, we have worked on a new live show for a tour we made in april (Roadburn festival, Belgium...), which went very well. the new album was released recently, we already have some nice reviews and we look forward for more.

2. So far the band has released 2 albums and a single, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is presented on all of thew recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

We recorded 2 albums with Cyrille Gachet. For the first one, we experimented the sound. The sound of the first album is aerial, drums may be a little setback, it's a raw album. The second one has a much more powerful sound, we spent more days to record, drums are better mixed and the whole sound is more consistent.

3.The bands name and song lyrics come form the writings of H/.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interested in this author?

It's a fantasy author we read, mostly in our childness and we have pleasure in reading the stories again. We think that he really created a very special atmosphere, and with his own style he let something in his time, surely one of the greatest horror writer. "Mountains of Madness" is the perfect name, with this special dreammood. We also would recommend the Call of Cthulhu", "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others.

4.Does the band have any interest in Occultism?

We are not involved in occultism but we love everything around this subject in cinema, literature and art in general

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We believe that every set is a unique moment. So it is really difficult to choose a better show on an another. We discuss after each concert in order to improve ourselves. We can say that the Hellfest 2013 and Roadburn 2014 gigs were exceptional in terms of quality. During the show, we want to create a dark atmosphere using smoke, black dresscode and recently we add a lightman in the crew in a way to really have our own atmosphere on stage.

6.Do you have nay touring or show plans for the new album?

We will make the release party of the album in our county, we also have a gig in Toulouse with Kylesa and the Under The Black Sun festival near Berlin in July, the Motocultor Festival in August and maybe a european tour in October or November .....

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

At the moment, the return is more than favorable ..  We have a loyal fans following us in many concerts.

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Benjamin et I have a doom project called Drame, It's a project who speeks about the loss of the loved ones and it will be instrumental. I also have an accoustical project called « Frileuse ». Leo plays in a funk band called Massada and a jazz project, he also have a grind one named Obélix, Xavier has a drone project.

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

At the moment, we focus on the promotion of the new album, and in the future, we already have some ideas, but you will know about in the right time.

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?

We are influenced by black metal in general and bands like "Neurosis", "Cult of Luna", "Year of No Light", but we listen to many different styles,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also an illustrator and painter.

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

Thank you for this interview, you are invited to listen our new album on our bandcamp : thegreatoldones.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-great-old-ones-interview.html


Dimholt Interview

mardi 29 avril 2014 à 23:11
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The idea about Dimholt came in 2003 when we first discussed the subject with Woundheir (vocals). We shared some thoughts on a possible co-operation and soon the band was born, at least as project in its initial form. It was not until the next year, 2004, when the first musical ideas came into form, and in 2005 Rumen (guitars) joined Dimholt to mark the completion of the band that was to come. Later Yavor (bass) joined the band too, and soon after that Stanimir was auditioned and invited to the band as well. One of the things that slowed down the whole process of creating music and rehearsing was the fact that I was residing in Germany for most of the time and spent just a couple of months in Bulgaria each year. Until 2010, when I came back home for good.

2.Recently you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?

The debut album captures our view on black metal and the ideas that we had developed throughout the years. Some of the songs had already been composed in 2005/2006 but found their place in the album as we thought they fit properly to the overall sound.
We didn't have any particular concept about the album. Our main desire was to create music in terms of black metal that carries a variety of emotions and that shows as much possible intensity with regard to the sound. Yet we never closed the door to influences from other genres that each of us enjoys in some way.
The difference in comparison to the prevous releases is that we improved some of the arrangements and the sound in technical terms since we felt it neccessary in some of the songs.

3.This is the first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time?

The period 2010 – 2012 was intense regarding gigs, so we did everything possible to play live and work on new songs for a debut album. The actual recordings for "Liberation Funeral" started in 2012 but we had different kind of obstacles (technical ones and sometimes just ordinary daily life stuff) that came in our way and pushed the release of the debut further. But finally it saw the light of day.

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

The dominant part of the lyrics deal with inner emotions and one's soul journey through the darker side of reality. Some of the songs describe scenes of loss and pain, others try to elaborate on some philosophical topics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dimholt'?

Dimholt is the wood situated before the entrace to the Paths of the dead in the "Lord Of The Rings" story. Woundheir came up with the idea to name the band afer it, as it also translates into something like a dark, obscure wood, if we take the direct meaning of the words dim and holt.

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

Our gigs with Cradle Of Filth in 2013 in Sofia and more recently – Rotting Christ – were  one of our most memorable experiences, not olnly because of the bands with played with, but also due to the fact that we managed to play on a larger stage which gave us a lot more energy and presented our music in a different way. But larger stage is not a must – recently on a mini-tour in Romania we played in some clubs with the size of a regular pub and the acceptance and energy from the visitors was indescribable.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Right now we are preparing ourselves for an official album promotion and after that we will check the opportunities to play in different plaes in Bulgaria to present "Liberation Funeral". Gigs abroad will also be considered, especially after the summer when club are more active and schedule live performances.

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

We are looking for a label and we will check the opportunity to come in contact with anyone interested. With the release of the album we will consider any offers.

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

So far the debut has received positive feedback, or at least on an underground level, so to say. We don't aim at major media exclusively but at anyone interested to check the band is more than welcome. In general, the feedback has been mostly positive – by reviewers and by fans during gigs.

10.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Woundheir is also the vocalist of Bulgarian death metal band Impenitence and Yavor, our bass player, fronts the sludge/post metallers Trysth where he handles vocals and bass too. Both bands are preparing releases which well be  a fact very soon.

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

As far as black metal is considered, for know it seems a solid foundation for us. Yet we will not hesitate to bring in other influences, if we feel it fits our purpose. For us black metal brings a soundscape with a specific feeling and it naturally appears, no matter what stylistical approaches  are being used in a song.

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?

Each of us enjoys a variety of music genres and sub-genres. Our main influence have been the classic black metal bands of the 90s but recent prominent acts such as Wolves In The Throne Room or Deathspell Omega have also had a great influence on us.

Personal tastes vary within the band – from classic black and death metal to doom and even post- rock/sludge acts of these days.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have daily jobs and it consumes a lot of our personal life so the music takes most part of the time that's left of a regular daily life. I would say, although it may sound cliche but any outgoing activities that brings us closer to nature is a good choice, at least for me. It is not so about the inspiration people always say it provides but more like  an escape from the rashness and routine of modern life. But ultimately we are human beings, so anything like books/movies or other art is present in our interests list.

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

First of all I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts about Dimholt. We wish your zine the best of luck and give you kudos for exploring different bands from various regions/backgrounds.
"Liberation Funeral" is already out and anyone interested is more than welcome to check our exploration of the black metal art.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/dimholt-interview.html


Fordarv Interview

mardi 29 avril 2014 à 21:51

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

GAST: At the moment we are preparing to release our full length album Between the Eternities.
The starting point in this will be to release a song from the album in advance on youtube, which will happen on the night of Walpurga. Alongside with that we are working on new material for a third release.

2.I have read that you recently finished recording your second album and already working on material for a third album, can you tell us a little bit more about your current musical direction and also how does it differ from the music that was presented on your ep? What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

GAST: The second album (that is, our full length Between the Eternities) will be somewhat different than Echo. The musical approach this time will be more aggressive. We have some shorter songs with a fiercer style, alongside with a couple of longer songs which may remind more of Echo due to their more epic sound.The subject on this album will be that of Death, from different perspectives.

EN: The music is also less melodic than on Echo and uses more grim chords and chordprogressions such as dim7, +5, m-9 chords and so on. This we think contributes to a more sinister and/or uncanny wibe to the whole music. Also the sound of the recording is quite different from Echo.Between the Eternites sound more claustrophobic and caged compared to Echo which had a more open and thin sound...


GAST: When it comes to our third release, we will divulge more information in time. But at this point I still think it is safe to say that this music will be more minimalistic and epic sounding than Between the Eternities.



3.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism, mythology and philosophy?

GAST: We find that these subjects do a pretty good job in giving words to those things that can not be expressed in words, for instance ideas about the state of Death. These are old ideas and thoughts which we find still have a lot of relevance today.
Some ideas are eternal and timeless, as we find our music. The subjects mentioned above goes well with our aim to create music to put the listener into a trancelike state so that he/she may dig deeper into himself/herself to find the personal treasures hidden in the darkness.

4.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

GAST: To present new members to the band poses a risk we think. We have a certain chemistry as a duo which we would like to remain, so no, we do not feel the need to add new members to this project.

5.The ep came out on Nigredo Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

GAST: Nigredo Records is a newborn label run by Katia Losanno, a true devotee to darker music.
The name Nigredo itself is an alchemic term describing the first step of many to find the Philosopher's Stone.
This is a painful state, "blacker than black" which requires a lot from the practicing magician.
Katia's aim is that the music she presents is to correspond to this state. And we feel that this is really the right label for us, not only when it comes to our agenda, but the collaboration with Katia has been great. She is really passionate about her music
and our relationship has become intimate in the sense that she contributes not only with musical advices but also with lyrics and promo photos for example (not to mention the excellent food and wine).

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

GAST: Nothing but positive! So far at least. It seems that many people have been craving this raw, primitive old school black metal which we want to create. More people in fact, than we initially thought. So yes, it has been a great support for what we want to do so far.

7.When will the new album be released?

GAST: It will be released sometime during the Summer.But there is no exact date set yet.

8.What are some of the bands or musical that have had an influence on your music?

GAST & EN: We are always influenced by the old stuff, that is first and second wave of black metal. This includes classic bands like Bathory, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Dissection, Master's Hammer etc.
We are also influnced by other types of music like classical and medieval music.

9.On your blogspot you mention the hermetic philosopher Giordano Bruno who was burned at the stake,
can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this philosopher?

GAST: Apart from Bruno's philosophical works, based on the hermetic perception of the world, we see him as a strong symbol of free speech and a man who had a firm faith of his own ideas. So firm, in fact, that he oppossed the papal state and for that was burned. Needles to say, the papal state was probably more frightened than he was and this is a classic example of "the pen is mightier than the sword"; Bruno's ideas lives on whereas the acts of the papal state are being looked down upon nowadays. The reason why we mentioned him was simply because our final mix of Between the Eternities was finished on the day of his death,
the 17th of February, which coincedentally is the day of birth of Quorthon. We like to underline coincidences, to us they are meaningful.

10.What are some of your non musical interests?

GAST & EN: Literature, philosophy, religion

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

GAST: We thank you for the oppurtunity for this interview and the support! Follow us on our official blog www.fordarvsweden.blogspot.se or our label www.nigredorecords.com (which now also exist on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NigredoRecords ).
New material will be announced soon! Support the Underground and let's keep the Flame alive! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/fordarv-interview.html


The Nightstalker 2014 Interview

lundi 28 avril 2014 à 11:28
1.Can you give us an update with what is going on with both Sercati and the Nightstalker these days?
1. A lot of things. We have release our new albums with the both project and we start the promotion. I finish and release the second book about the story of the Nightstalker. I'm very happy. And one of our friend translate the book in english to export it. We finally find two news guitar players. Florian Hardy and Olivier Clément. Very nice guys and with us in the story of The Nightstalker. They are some friends and they already supported us before join the band.

2.Recently you have put out new albums with both projects, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recordings and also how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. For the second album of Sercati, the most important thing was that there was only Yan and me for the recording. We worked together to find some new sound. We illustrated the fight of the nightstalker against the hound from hell. The track are more energic and epic. We worked in a very good collaboration between Yannick, Jonny Mazzeo (our session guitarist for this album) and me. We can feel it when we listen the track. The writing of the songs were more complete.
For the second album of The Nightstalker, i didn't know what would be the subject of the tracks. So, i finally choose the most important thing to do. Speak about the other character and what's happening in the city. So, i go deeper in the story and illustrate all the characters with some songs. The ambiance are different to correspond of the mind of the character that the nightstalker explains. It's how the nightstalker see them and the world around him, it's all the album like that. It's not a step in the story but an explanation of the context.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical concept of The Nightstalker with these 2 new albums and where it picks up from on the past albums?
3. For Sercati, at the end of the tales of the fallen, a new character comes and warn the nightstalker about a future struggle with him. It's the first real ennemi who Lucifer send to destroy him. It's a physical and mind fight between them. We follow all the doubt of The Nightstalker. It's the direct next part of the story.
For the Nightstalker, it's different. There is a lot of thing to tell about the other character and the universe, so it's more like a explicative album and a way to discover the context of the story and the future character that the Nightstalker will see in his adventure in Sercati and in the next album of The Nightstalker.

4.Are there any touring plans for Serecati with the new album and also will you also be bringing in more live songs from the solo project?
4. We have some live show in Belgium and yes we play two or three songs from The Nightstalker project
5.How do you feel black metal fans will react to the new albums that you have released and also have the reviews also been positive?
5. For Sercati, there is a lot of good feedback but for The Nightstalker i'ts different. The people like or don't like there is no equilibrium, it's yes or not. Sometimes it's difficult for the review.
6.Where do you see the concept of the Nightstalker picking up on future albums and also what musical direction can we expect from future albums?
6. I hope to write three books more and follow the story with Sercati. The other project, i think to give him some orginal stories, maybe, or continue to explore the other face of the story. We thought to tell the story of one cop of the Natural City police Departement.
7.Out of the 2 albums that you have released which one are you the most happy with?
7. The both, it's all my work. I'm very glad because some people believe in my work and my character, so i want to give him a lot of adventure.
8.Have you discovered any good music during the last year?
8. Sword at hymns. The single and the full album are very good. The new Heathen Foray too. I discover "Happy Days" too and Sombre Labyrinthe.
9.Are there any plans in the future do introduce any other concepts in your song writing besides the ones you already have written about?
9. Yes, we really thought to tell a parralel story. See the story behind other eyes. We have a character in the book. A cop, the Sergent Patrick Matennen. He don't know that there is some angels and demons in his city (and in the world). He follows the action but without the truth. I wrote the second book about his story.
10.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
10. Thanks to Occultblackmetalzine to support us. I invite all people to go on our facebook page's and support us. And we hope to continue the story.
Thanks to you for this opportunity. We are very glad of this. Have a nice day
Steve


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-nightstalker-2014-interview.html