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Common Grave/Dust Of My Existence/Vacula Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 11:14

  Common  Grave  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Dust  Of  My  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  depressive  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  before  introducing melodic  guitar leads  onto  the  recording and  acoustic guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats can  be  heard  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Common  Grave  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  acoustic  passages  which  makes  the  music stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  misery  and  Vacuity  Of  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Common Grave  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  gray  Paths  We  Move"  and  "A  Cold  Goodbye".  8  out  of  10.     



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Daat Interview

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 06:29
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Band named Daat. It's symbolised knowledge, hidden from most, like eleventh Sephirot that was the Black sun , highest one, on the Tree of life binding others.
Band lyrics highly influenced by occult literature as well as other mystical stuff.
Through our music and lyrics we manifest path on the way of rebellion,  enlightenment and glory.

2.In October you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is Black metal, which comprises both dissonance chords and melodic line mostly as well known like Sweden branch. On Ep we can also find instrumental intro and outro that makes picture the whole. Music goes wave-like, once it has average tempo, then it grows into blast beat, then we can find a solo part. Music has a spirit of early-years black metal and a onslaught of nowadays.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Anti Cosmic Luciferianism and the Occult literature of Ixaxaar, and the bands name also comes from the Sitra Ahra, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and left hand path?

I always know that there is something else, that could not be perceived by a ordinary person, but that can be reveal and feeling. Thats why there are all orthodox, cults and currents. They know existence of other side, most of them are followers of Demiurg, that has been in different forms and they chose theirs mental death to have encompassing benefits now. Different religious and believes has different names, but in whole it is based on one Genesis, on that fact, that universe was ordered by Demiurg and his emanations. Before it wasn't form, birth and death. All was in chaothic movement and everything can be nothing and nothing -everything. For this usurper other non-existent side goes like danger for their creation. For us this existence goes like set of rules that we have to obey. For me Left hand path and philosophy of destroying obsolete through creation new is my informed choice. Its like searching a pearl on the bottom of the deepest ocean. Its is the hardest way, but it charms. Remuneration waiting at the end of his way, a man should be a way in development and struggle, like Milton's Satan, this way we start here. On this way we need knowledges that hidden, wisdom and philosophy that called occult. Wonderful and frightently at same time to be close to understanding this being, on the way of becoming a God.

4.While the band is into the darker side of the occult, have you ever been exposed to the more mainstream or well known side such as Crowley, Golden Dawn or other works of that nature, and if so what are your thoughts on the other systems?

Honesty I trying to read much literature that is possible where can find information that can be used and compare with others. But unfortunately its very hard to find original, non-distorted systems, most of them were republished and fixed lots of times, so finally becomes just literary garbage with touch of mysticism. Also many of people was scared of theirs lifes writing truth, thats why they masked facts and events with symbols. For examples if we talked about more well known, I have read hermetic works of Paracelsus, Helena Blavatsky, some works of Crowley, ancient philosophers and I want to say just only intuition and path of comparison and contrast of details and events can lead to understanding a truth. Idea is the same, angles of view are different. While you on a darker side, you do all by yourself, (if you appealed to dark essences, you should give them smth.back), if not, you are hoping for God.

05.The band is also into the works of H.P Lovecraft, do you feel this author was a lot more into the dark arts than what he told the public?

I think yes, he was. As we know there were a big number of long gaps in his biography and nobody knows what he was doing at this time. We know him just because of his correspondence with others not numerouse writers and magazines. Most of his stories based on real places that he lived in. Interesting that most of his main characters very closed to him. There are also young mans, intelligent, closed to rest of the world and hate stupidity, bad tastes as well as humanity vices. Lovecraft knows that our existence and all people being it just temporary event without any sense. He praised powers and gods, darkest and cold living in depths, which deeper deepest Abyss and much older than we can just imagine. He wrote Necronomicon which can be considered with Goetia. Some of his Goods or events were named almost as spirits or Goods we know. For example he has Azathoth, Lovecraft  describes him: "Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes." He can be compared with bloodlusty Astaroth. And there are also lots of such examples we can find in his stories. Also we can find event of Chaos which can destroy our universe with all life on it just in seconds.
Lovecraft write about things in future too,  like in his "Mountain of Madness", or in movie "The Thing" which was influenced by his stories, tell about evil of uknown that lives in eternal ice and can be awaking by negligence. As we know nowadays Russia has local land-use plan of eternal ices.

06.So far the band has only been a studio project but are you planning on doing live shows in the future or just remain a studio project?

In plans making splits with bands closed ideologically to us, making gigs, making full-length album, making videos and other stuffs that bands make like making merch, making interviews and photo sessions and extending influence.

07.Currently the band is signed to heretic Rex, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This is young, but rather perspective label from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, which specialized on release death metal and black metal bands that ideological right, good quality and potential. It was based with my friend Dmitry Galkin. Daat is the 3d his rehearse. He has good connections with labels and bands from another countries as well as from Russia.
Links to his label below.

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

When I fished mastering album I put it in internet through social networks. Feedback was great. So it is better to say that other countries were first who know my work, Russia was the last, it because that I guided by quality in what I do, thats why it was very important to know their opinions.They said that it is sounds as should sound and they feel energy that it brings. Some of them were interesting with lyrics, they asked about full-length album, would it be close to this Ep, where Daat planned to start playing, would we play in theirs countries and when "There Are None So Blind As Those That Will Not See" comes on CD.
Now Ep available on CD, you can buy it through label or through Daat facebook page. I have all members of a band, and lots friends from Finland. Mostly cities that know Daat are Helsinki and Kuopio.
Also with help of Heretic Rex about Daat know in USA(
The Pain Fucktory magazine/label from Peru ( now making the interview. Boris Dixit ( from Spain made a online stream radio. I have send several copies to France, to Latvia, to Baku. Daat wanted in Belarus too for gigs.

09.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of?

Some of that bands are dead now, another going without him, he played sessions at studio there. I know exactly that Pyre is active and today as well as his new heavy metal band Blazing Rust.

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

Full-length album will comes this year. Waiting for black magic art.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

There much of them and not all if them are black metal bands. (Not all are bands too) For me main thing is that spirit they bring and that magic that they create.
In my list some, should they be:

Devil Doll(with Mr. Doctor), Depeche mode, The Prodigy, Cradle of filth, music of Mozart, soundtracks from some movies, mostly horror( Hitchcock's for example, Candyman), soundtracks from pc games, like Heroes of Might and Magic III..
If serious, that there are mostly classic black metal that well known and nowadays heroes like Watain and their brothers Dissection, Deathspell Omega, Glorior Belli, Mütiilation, Belketre, Ondskapt, Inquisition, Orcivus and Behemoth.

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

I wish people to live their own lives under the star, that go out the last.

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Bustum Interview

vendredi 18 mars 2016 à 05:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Bustum is black metal band from Osijek, Croatia. We’re formed in 2001. by Demoniac who is still in the band in the role of guitarist & back vocal. We have three demo materials and one full-length recorded in 2012 and released through cult American label Regimental Records on CD. In the beginning of 2016 you are able to purchase our full-lenght on tape format via Hungarian label Iron County Records.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Straight forward black metal! No bullshits! No making „hot water“ out of this! We play black metal what he needed to be. Fast black metal with guitars like razors in your ears, violent and loud vocals and thundering drums.

3.The band has been around since 2001 but so far has only released 3 demo's and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

I came in the band around 2011 but I know that thay didn’t have good opportunities to record more in the past. We live on Balkan and this area is damaged heavily with wars and economical situation that is absolute badly. So if you want to enter the studio here 99% of studio owners will try to rip you off for money and give you shit out of result and especially that we didn’t have good studios for metal music on Balkan (ex-Yugoslavia). No there’s few studios in Serbia, few (maybe) in Croatia, one in Bosnia... and that is it (that I know). So we can say that Bustum made all that time-gaps between materials due to financial and technical problems.

4.You label your music as 'demoniac black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We needed something to write in booklet on one page, so I (Nicor) just took Demoniac’s artistic name and add before words „black metal“.

5.Your lyrics cover Inner Demonology and Chaosophia, how important is your dedication to the black arts?

We write our lyrics about biggest demon that ever came to this earth and which we are part of, humanity. Humanity is probably the biggest venom ever made.
It is very important, there’s no point write lyrics all the time. When you find yourself inspired or utterly disgusted, than write what you feel or see or hear. That is the best way to produce some hellishly good texts.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bustum'?

Back in the days, when Demoniac came up with idea to form a band in Croatia, he just wanted some obscure name, to sound mighty and evil, and he find Bustum, which sounds perfectly. After some time when band become more than teenage wish for music, than name Bustum started to collecting it’s power as one of the most trustful names in small croatian black metal scene. People in Croatia still think of Bustum as one of pioneers of black metal in Croatia. (But for me that is city Rijeka and their bands from nineties! haha)

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

Band isn’t active on stage for almost six years, due personal obligations and jobs of Demoniac and me. But in the past they have some pretty good shows. I wasn’t part of band in that time, so I can’t speak of live performances from past.

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

We had some calls but we weren’t able to honored them in proper way, to do live performances on way that we wanted so we canceled them. Currently, Demoniac is in Ireland, so no plans for near-by future gigs, ’cause there’s something about 1700 miles between him and me.

9.Recently Neverheard Distro have re-issued your 2013 album on cassette, what are your thoughts on the product?

Actually Iron County Records is name of label that put re-release of our album on tape format. I think that label did a great job with them. Tape looks great and very professional. So go on and order your copy, you will not regert if you worship old-school tape value. I think that they made 250 copies or so.

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

From Balkan it was shitty almost none, but that is destiny of almost all bands here. Fans here doesn’t support bands with buying their merch or releases. We have good feedback from Asia and South America. Suoth Americans are fuckin’ crazy, they sent us some of most insane messages. They are really true metal maniacs. And then is a small group of people from Europe who support us and from America also.

11.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Due our „distance problem“ and our „day-time obligations“ I really can’t tell you when you can expect our new material/s. We spoke few times about making some EP material or single material with one or two new songs, but we will see what future holds for Bustum.
I really don’t know about music style in future. I hope we’ll stay with this one straight forward black metal attitude, but knowing Demoniac, we probably will.

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?

Black metal generally have the biggest influence on Bustum, and logically that band took that genre to play and create audio art.
I can’t speak in Demoniac’s name, but I grow up on punk and black metal so I listen 90% bands that I listened in my teen days. Bands like Marduk (with Legion), Impaled Nazarene, The Exploited, Motörhead , G.B.H., Sex Pistols, Carpathian Forest,... etc. Nowdays most of the time in my player spend: Infernal War – Axiom, Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection, Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu & Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall.

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

Thank you for your time and space in your fanzine. Keep up the work!
Support bands!!! Support labels!!! Support madness!!!


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Exsequor/For The Fallen/UKEM Records/2016 Cassette Re-Issue Review

jeudi 17 mars 2016 à 08:02

  Exseguor  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep "For  The  Fallen"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2016  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  and  epic  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  modern  era.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  with  the  last  song  does  show  the  band  speeding  up  briefly  with  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and also  lets  the  keyboards  dominate  alongside  with  the  guitars  and  vocals  and  they  also  mix  in  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  pagan  metal  into  there  musical  sound  at  times  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.

  Exsequor  plays  more  of  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  being  very  epic  and  melodic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval  history,  war  and  death  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Exsequor  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ante  Mortem"  and  "Outbliette".  8  out  of  10.

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Pyromancer/Demo MMXv/Godz of War Productions/2016 EP Review

jeudi 17 mars 2016 à 07:04

  Pyromancer  are a  duo  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  demo  which  was  re-issued  as  a  mini-cd  in  2016  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction t hat  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  days  of  black  and  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  evil  melodies  at  times.

  Throughout t he  recording  you  can hear  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  even  more  of  a  catchy  second  wave  style  and  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  ever  present  while  the  music  does  always  remain  heavy  raw  and  heavy.

  Pyromancer  goes back  to  the  90's  styles  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  some  very  raw,  evil  and  bestial  sounding  metal,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pyromancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbaric  Wrath"  and  "Violent  God".  8/5  out  of  10.

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