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Cold Raven Interview

mardi 8 mars 2016 à 12:13
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently writing new songs and at the same time we’re still playing some live shows. Also we’ll release a couple of cover songs and a video later this year.

2.Last year you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording for those that have yet to hear it?

It’s a melodic yet obscure form of Black Metal, with a more clean production that gives a twisted feeling to the whole album, in my opinion.

3.Your music is labeled as 'doomed black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We wouldn’t like people to expect a super fast Black Metal album, so our agency suggested to put the word “doomed”.

Of course in reality our music has little to do with the genre called “Doom”.

4.Your lyrics cover pre-christian religions, anti cosmos, and demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Apart from all the various kinds of “satanism” that exist today, we think the most important satanic rule is: do what you want, as soon as your liberty

doesn’t limit someone else’s liberty. With that said, it’s normal to find yourself fighting against the most common religions. Their main goal is to try to

control people’s lives with false commandments made by men and not by “god”. That would be enough to be really free. We are also interested in

reading books from various currents, it’s very important to keep an open mind.

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

As you may have heard, in some cultures the raven is believed to bring souls to the underworld. We imagine that raven to be lifeless, impassive, cold.

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

We try to entertain people visually, other than musically. Our goal is to make people totally entering our world, made of music, symbols and fire.

We’ve played with some important bands so far and it’s always been very interesting and satisfying. I’d say that the best shows have been the one

supporting Belphegor and Unleashed, one we played in Bjelovar, Croatia, and in Nowy Targ, Poland. Awesome people.

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

We’re planning two shows in Latvia and trying to arrange some shows in Germany and possibly Norway.

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

We’ve had a good response. Some black metallers prefer raw productions and so didn’t like our “clean” sound, but generally after we play live we talk to people

and they liked what they heard.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No, apart from our drummer, M., which is a session musician.

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

We’ll keep our style, of course, but we’ll be adding some velocity to our songs and some other interesting melodic solutions.

We should be able to enter the studio in ten months, more or less.

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?

We really play what comes to our mind, so everything can be potentially influential…currently we’re listening a lot to Behemoth, Watain and Mgła.

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

We want to thank all the people who have supported us so far and all Black Metal fans worldwide. Keep the Black Flame burning!

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Rimfrost Interview

mardi 8 mars 2016 à 01:57
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hravn: Hi Occult Black Metal!! Rimfrost is now working hard on getting out the word of the new upcoming album, together with the releasing label Non Serviam Records. We are also active searching for gigs. Two coming up in Sweden within a couple of months. Then the aim is to get to Germany. For the moment we are rehearsing the live set but both me and Throllv has started composing new material for the next recording. The machine won´t rest this time!

2.You have a new album coming out at the end of March,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Throllv: I would like to start to say hello people!
This album is probably the most brutal sounding record we have ever done, as it is beautiful, epic and artistic. I’m very proud of it. It differs from our previous releases in many ways. We have written much better songs this time, we have really worked hard with the overall sound and the band has developed a lot during our 13 years of existence.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit about the gap in between releases?

Hravn: Hey, I would like to know myself! Hahaha! No, the main thing has been problems with finding the right labels to work with, as well as the economic parts. Album recording isn´t free unfortunately. Some private matters as well, the music hasn´t been unhold from our side, even though it seemed like that for the audience. We have worked in our dungeon. Hahaha!

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

Hravn: I would say that, as the writer of most of the lyrics, I am taking my writing outside the BM-box more and more. I try to keep the theme of course, but also variate it. “Dark Prophecies” for example, that is an almost pure “King Diamond” way of writing a story (my thoughts though). With the twisted end in that song. Hehehe. I like to explore the different ways of doing things and I am open for new ways to work, I think it will keep the interest both for me as a composer and our fans.

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

Throllv: Our stage performance is very energetic and playful. The music is like a fat kick in your face. It’s very entertaining I promise you. Go and see us live, you won’t be disappointed!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Throllv: Yes, we have some clubs in Sweden so far and we are hoping to get to some big festivals next year. Connect with us on Facebook and you won’t miss a thing!

7.The new album is going to released on 'Non Serviam Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Hravn: Basicly NSR is one of the “real” labels still active. They work close with the bands and the dedication is at an high level. They even search for gigs and involves the bands in it, not many labels do that anymore. I personally think that NSR will grow fast the coming years, so have your eyes on them!

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

Throllv: Hard to say if our fans are fans of black metal or not. So I have no idea if black metal fans in general likes us or not. Haven’t heard anything about it.

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

Hravn: Rimfrost will always have one leg in the BM-scene and the other standing in the thrash/heavy metal zone. The third leg does other kinds of jobs. Hahaha! I couldn´t resist….
Seriously, both me and Throllv are very big fans of classic heavy metal such as Accept and Judas Priest, so don´t be surprised to hear influences from that camp!

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?

Hravn: Everything that has soul in it. But heavy metal is ALWAYS running in my presence. My house god is Udo Dirkschneider!! When it comes to BM Bathory is and will always still be the king!

11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?

Hravn: Yes. It is our roots and it reflects in our music. “Veraldar Nagli” were a pure Viking theme record. I will always still have that in me… I am not a believer in any form, but when I die I want to party in Valhalla and have a fight with the Norse gods for fun. He he! Who wants heaven or hell when you can eat Särimner and have mjöd?!

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

Hravn: Thank you for your questions! Support Rimfrost and we´ll see you out there!!!

Throllv: Thank you and don’t forget to check up the freezing, destroying and crushing machine RIMFROST. If you’re not scared to get knocked out that is. Then you should not check it out!

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Ab Eterno/Fucking Bastards/Black Empires Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 7 mars 2016 à 11:18

  Ab  Eterno  are  a  band  from  Guatemala  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Fucking  Bastards" which  was  released  by  Black  Empire  Records.

  Black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going into  a  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  song  while  also  keeping  the  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  style.

  When  synths  are  added into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  feeling  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  there are  mostly  used  for  intros  and  outros  as  well  as  also  being  brought  into  one  of  the  regular  songs  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavy  and  raw  style  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melodies  at  times  while  some  songs  also  have  more  of  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that are  present  on  this  recording  and  on  the  bonus  track  they  add  in  more  symphonic  touches.      

  Ab  Eterno  creates  an  album  that  has  some  of  the  raw  style  of  their  previous recording  while  also  adding  in  more  synths, ambient  and  depressive  elements  to  take  their  style  to  the  next  level,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ab  Eterno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liar"  and  "Killing  Myself".  8  out  of  10.. 


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Bustum/Demonolosophy/Iron County Records/2016 Cassette Re-Issue Review

samedi 5 mars 2016 à 01:18

  Bustum  are  a  duo  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Demonolosophy"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  March  10th,  2016  on  cassette  by  Iron  County  Records  with  a  bonus  track.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and melodic  musical  direction  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  tremolo  picking, a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  style  to  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and   fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  synths  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  and  heavy  sound.

  Bustum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  second  wave  Swedish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Croatian  and  cover  Demonology  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bustum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arrival  of  The  Serpent  God"  "Mists  Of  Solitude"  and  "Hladen  Karmen".  8  out  of  10.   

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Circle Of Noose Interview

vendredi 4 mars 2016 à 23:46
1.For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I use to say Circle of Noose is an experimentation of disturb and obsessive fascination, a corrupt ritual of musical soundscapes inspired by unmasked feelings and the ugliness inside the being, so musically it follows the way this thought leads, it’s in an artistic level, a shotgun aiming subjection to blow away heads, so far C.o.N have a lot of stuff released… To implement C.o.N has been active since ending of 2014, when I started with some recording experiments and tests, but only in the ending of 2015 the best results were released!

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the project and also how does the stuff you do with this group differ from the other projects that you are a part of?

Soundscapes of disturbing thoughts, visions, katharsis, and an invisible wall of terror closing in and fascination by the morbid itself!!! To be honest, I myself haven’t label C.o.N, people say it is Experimental Black Metal, so let it be whatever they want in their insane fucked up minds, but it is hard for me to describe, as for the second part of question, yeah, it differs a lot, I play drums or guitar in some black metal/old school black metal/black doom projects, and we share thoughts to create something, even when you create a riff, the drums may not sound like you had on your mind, and there’s also stuff like lyrics and etcetera… musically C.o.N is very far away from what I was used to write and compose, I put myself out from my comfort zone, so to speak, if you take a listen to Eschatological Gnosis, there are a lot of backgrounds and aesthetics… lyrics as well are very different coz’ they follow a different approach… 

3.Since December you have released a great amount of material, do you feel you put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?

Actually, I don’t feel so, I mean of course I spend some time doing this, but is something very natural to me, it’s total fucking katharsis flowing like blood in my veins, I think that is what it is about, not only C.o.N, but all my efforts with projects or bands… actually I put a great amount of time writing lyrics and thinking about the concept, I’m becoming obsessed with this shit! Most of the time I compose the songs based on the lyrics and the feelings, expressions the words can bear…

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with this project so far?

In the beginning I used ancient and occult archetypes in order to spread the face of darkness and nothingness, Lucifer being a great symbol of power, wisdom and keeper of the endless firmament of darkness, or the cosmic blackness, aiming with harsh philosophy to crown death and spread negativism over mankind, after that I moved into misanthropic aggressive mood, and keep going toward the limits of dubious taste in order to make metaphors, and instigate the subjection, abuse, rape, humiliation, sexual atrocities, disbelief, fear, hate, the emptiness of modern life, hopeless, death… the point is nothing is so clear, you have to read between the lines…   

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Circle Of Noose'?

Me and my demons in formation, like a circle idolizing death and all scars life brings, it is a spectral gallows ready to threat the existence, expose all the failures and then just hang, I think that’s pretty much it!

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare it to working with other musicians?

As I’ve said before, being C.o,N everything differs from all musical efforts, I can say I have full liberty to do whatever I want to, in terms of write lyrics and music, so I can go whatever I want to and walk free among many backgrounds, only to please myself as a musician… it is really a real solitary work, on the other hand I use to have good times on rehearsal with other bands and projects, drink a lot, have nice and productive conversation with my comrades, or just talk bullshit… work with other musicians is good if you have some affinity with the person in question, otherwise I don’t enjoy so much play with someone just because he/she knows to play some fucking instrument!   

7.With your other musical projects you keep everything away from Metal Archives or bandcamp, but with Circle Of Noose you can find a metal archives and bandcamp page, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Metal archives? I heard about, I don’t pay much attention to metal archives anyway, Circle of Noose have no “public” here in Brazil, feedback here is almost zero, it was a way and choice I had to reflect and go forward it, the stark difference is what C.o.N is… I mean this voice is so impatient and anxious, I just can’t stand still with this shit burning my soul, spirit, consciousness, mind whatever the name you want to give, with all releases available on labels’ bancamp, I did the official myself, other projects you make reference to, follow into necrounderground abysmal streams, dive deeper into the abyss to find their stuff…

8.You have a split coming out with 'Beyond Life', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

I use to enjoy the insanity Beyond Life has put out on their stuff, especially the first demos and Blackened Skies, they are really disturbing, this split is a total experimentation, it is disturbing, paranoid, malicious and chilling, give a shot if you are into grey soundscapes of insanity, harsh and majestic riffs, atmospheric and psychedelia!

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

Not so good, but at least not so bad! Divulgation still very slow into this immense sea of bands and projects, Some good reviews, label support, personal feedback reported to me, enough to keep the project being open to public and not personal as some projects I have! But I feel like a lot of people don’t understand the concept I think, especially The Circle of Obsession, coz’ have sampler of rape act, and call to hospital audio and a lot of bizarre lyrics and sounds, such as Stench of putrid mouth… forced kiss, abused cherub, under scab… I received a personal feedback (e-mail) from a girl that claimed that I was “a perverted and weirdo with tendencies of psychopath motherfucker…” maybe the excessive titles with rape and abuse, and woman screaming sampler? I don’t know, but, that was by far the best and coolest feedback I had reported to me, I can say she haven’t got the point of the whole thing, you can understand only what you are able to, with subjection, but at least she react, C.o.N is not a cool black metal project to listen to, it is not beauty post fashion, don’t follow trendwaves, just instinct, it is malice towards mind and soul! Stay away if you are some kind of politically correct hypocrite hipster black metaller and go fuck yourself!! NO HUMAN RIGHTS HERE!!!  

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

As long as I keep writing lyrics inspired by my visions and sensations about this world, life and death I’ll keep reflecting this on the songwriting, and so C.o.N will be alive, but, is kinda hard to say when you are always trying to evolve and see, and have perception of live and death as a constant metamorphosis of enlightment, so I just can say I’ll keep writing music as long as I feel like doing this!  

11.What are some of the musical influences you bring into this project that you are not able to do with the other ones?

Explore the deep dark dungeons of my own abstractors? I think so! clear vocals, avant-garde methods, weird vocalizations, try all experimental visions I have, not so experimental/original sometimes indeed, but running away from the conventional, atmospheric aesthetics, soft music… or darker and heavy as my essence can be sometimes, Most of the time I listen to traditional black metal, it’s my primordial background, all I know start with black metal, but I decide to explore this abyss and paradise I have within me, and found methods to my death kult I haven’t experience before, this is what C.o.N is about most of time, sometimes it is only darkness of nothingness devouring me, and I like it!!!

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

Thanks again for your support and interest , really appreciate your effort, the obscure label Cvlminis records released three C.o.N acts, Spreading Anti Human Propaganda II, The Circle of Obsession and Eschatological Gnosis, strictly limited edition, Depressive Illusion Records have all C.o.N stuffs Available including C.o.N newest effort Rapist of Souls, go ahead and order with them if you have interest, or check out C.o.N bandcamp:
Stay Dark!!! Praised be the DeathKult!!!

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